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  1. ConsumerTrap August 8, 2012 at 2:09 pm |

    Thanks for the link.  In talking about the motives and methods of class domination (sabotage, deception, force, overt and covert coercion, etc.) in such widely comparative anthropological terms, I’d say Veblen went quite far toward linking the exploitation process to its behavioral roots.  Nothing to sneeze at there.  Also, a very powerful and persuasive way of explaining why capitalism remains a class society, despite its long-standing claim to the contrary.

    But, in order to get at this work, you have to read things like _The Instinct of Workmanship_.

  2. George August 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm |


    Ian – I was wondering if you’ve read or heard of one Guido
    Preparata who would seem to be Veblen’s strongest advocate? In Preparata’s
    books “Conjuring Hitler” and “The Ideology Of Tyranny” he has praised Veblen to
    the skies and, in the latter book, has even called for a “Veblenian Left” which
    would have been “immune to the rigid, and unfulfilled, schematisms of Marxism”.

    Preparata’s view of 20th Century history is, to
    say the least, somewhat unconventional. He thinks that, as well as deliberately
    incubating Nazism, the “Anglo-American clubs” also engineered the Russian
    revolution – both manoeuvres being attempts to keep Germany and Russia

    1. Ian Angus August 7, 2012 at 11:59 am |

      I’m not familiar with him, but a quick read of the introduction to his Hitler book indicates that “unconventional” is a mild word for his views.

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