Thursday, February 13, 2003

Was Marx a dynamist? 

The University Chronicle has been running a series of debates lately in the opinion page, and this week's is on gender pay equity. Scott Bushee, one of the columnists debating, sent along a note to tell me that his opening quote from Marx was left out. Helping out students is my job, and so here's the quote that was omitted:
�The bourgeoisie cannot exist without constantly revolutionizing. . . all fixed, fast-frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away.�
After reading this, I'm lead to read yet again Virginia Postrel's The Future and Its Enemies. It seems that rather than conservative and liberal, the correct labels for Scott and Gordie are "dynamist" and "stasist".