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Communication on Sraffa
New Left Review has surely made a major contribution to the development of Marxism by publishing a thought-provoking interview with Lucio Colletti, and an important article by Bob Rowthorn, which both appeared in nlr 86 July /August 1974. These two texts together cover a variety of important issues. This letter is only concerned with the area on which both of the two articles overlap; i.e. the question of the relation between Marxian political economy and the works of Sraffa and his followers. Although I am far from hostile to the main lines of arguments made by both Colletti and Rowthorn in this area, I feel that there is some scope for misinterpretation and the derivation of mistaken conclusions from what they argue.
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