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On Capital, Real Socialism, and Venezuela:
An Interview with Michael A. Lebowitz
by Gülden Özcan and Bora Erdağı

Gülden Özcan and Bora Erdağı: In some of the interviews you gave, you talked about your own everyday life experiences that led you to discover that Marx's total critique of capitalism is an unfinished project. In this discovery, you emphasized elsewhere that your class background and political struggle you were involved in have played an important role. Let's first begin with your book Beyond Capital: Marx's Political Economy of the Working Class (Palgrave Macmillan, 1992) in which you came to a conclusion that, although Marx wanted to deal more deeply with the subject of "human needs," it had never been realized as he focused more on his revolutionary project of "demystifying capital" than completing his epistemological project. Before getting into the details of your arguments in Beyond Capital, could you explain once again for your Turkish readers the road that took you to write this book?

Michael A. Lebowitz: First of all, let me stress that demystification of capital is an essential revolutionary project. Marx answered the most important question of all -- what is capital, what is this world of wealth that stands opposite and over us? If we don't understand what Marx revealed, then even when we struggle against capital, we are most likely to be struggling against "unfairness" -- unfair wages, unfair working conditions, unfair distribution of income, unfair taxes, etc. And, in the absence of struggle, it's likely that we will blame the victims -- i.e., that we look upon problems as our own fault, the result of our own deficiencies, and that therefore the burden is upon us if we want to do better.

full: http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2014/lebowitz220714.html
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