Lenin as Economist of Production: A Ricardian Step Backwards

Science and Society 67 (3):276 - 302 (2003)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

Lenin presents his economics as the embodiment of Marxist theory. Yet, his economic writings contain considerable shortcomings; indeed, the pattern of these shortcomings suggests that Lenin was an economist of production, in the sense used by Marx in describing Ricardo. Ricardo's conception, according to Marx, is "in the interests of the industrial bourgeoisie, only because, and in so far as, their interests coincide with that of production or the productive development of human labor." Lenin, when exhibiting a similar conception, is taking a step backwards. He fails to address coercion in market expansion, utilizing instead a classical conception and in the process ignoring the Russian commune. Lenin's criticism of Ricardo is limited, and contrasts with his biting attack against Sismondi for misunderstanding accumulation in capitalist society. Lenin also distorts Marx in emphasizing disproportionalities in production in his crisis theory. Finally, Lenin's interpretation of "accumulation of capital" mistakenly refers to increasing production.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,873

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Lenin as philosopher: a critical examination of the philosophical basis of Leninism.Anton Pannekoek - 2003 - Milwaukee, Wis.: Marquette University Press. Edited by Lance Byron Richey.
Plekhanov, Lenin and working-class consciousness.Robert Mayer - 1997 - Studies in East European Thought 49 (3):159-185.
General Volkogonov's Biography of Lenin.Paul N. Siegel - 1995 - Science and Society 59 (3):402 - 417.
Lenin and the Practice of Dialectical Thinking.Robert Mayer - 1999 - Science and Society 63 (1):40 - 62.
Lenin on Literature, Language, and Censorship.Annette T. Rubinstein - 1995 - Science and Society 59 (3):368 - 383.
Lenin and philosophy, and other essays.Louis Althusser - 1971 - New York: Monthly Review Press.
Lenin and the jacobin identity in russia.Robert Mayer - 1999 - Studies in East European Thought 51 (2):127-154.
Is marxist philosophy withering away?Erdinç Sayan - 1993 - Studies in East European Thought 45 (4):313 - 315.
Lenin on the State.Mel Rothenberg - 1995 - Science and Society 59 (3):418 - 436.

Analytics

Added to PP
2011-05-29

Downloads
25 (#651,065)

6 months
4 (#854,689)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references