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By Alex Callinicos

ISBN-10: 0816619042

ISBN-13: 9780816619047

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Castoriadis increasingly came to 3⁄4 3⁄4 TROTSKYISM TROTSKYISM see bureaucratic capitalism, in the West as well as the East, as the stage of historical development in which the collective will – primarily of the bureaucracy but also of the working class – supplanted the objective economic processes explored by Marx in Capital. The voluntarist social theory thereby entailed can be seen at three levels of Castoriadis’s analysis of bureaucratic capitalism. In the first place, he laid increasing stress on the fact that, in the West, “the state has a continuous policy of conscious intervention aimed at maintaining economic expansion” (Castoriadis 1988a: II, 234).

Nevertheless, their modification of Lenin’s theory of imperialism allowed them to challenge the belief, very influential on the Western Left from the 1950s onwards, that national liberation movements in the Third World represented the main challenge to capitalism. Cliff (1982: 108-17) provided a critique of Lenin’s theory of the labour aristocracy, often used to justify this belief on the grounds that the Western working class had been politically incorporated by receiving a share of the fruits of colonial exploitation.

On the basis of a discussion of Einstein’s transformation of modern physics, Zahar argues that a novel fact need not be one unknown at the time of the predicting theory’s formulation. Rather: “A fact will be considered novel with respect to a given hypothesis if it did not belong to the problem-situation that governed the construction of the hypothesis” (Zahar 1973: 103). Thus, if a theory formulated to resolve a specific scientific problem entails as a corollary some established fact not involved in that problem, it has successfully predicted a novel fact.

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