Episode 46: Argumentation and Exploitation—Interview with Ben Burgis (Part 2)


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The co-hosts welcome back popular leftist podcast host Ben Burgis. Andrew continues to “give him an argument” about his endorsement of G. A. Cohen’s “plain argument” about capitalist exploitation. Ben responds. They also evaluate Marx’s theory of exploitation in its original form. A key point of contention is whether Andrew is merely objecting to Cohen’s premise that workers are the only people who create the product (as Ben insists), or whether Andrew accepts the premise (as he insists) but denies that Cohen’s premises lead to the conclusion that workers are exploited. Plus current-events segment on “the Left” serving the right: The co-hosts discuss Nathan J. Robinson’s Current Affairs article on Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi. Why are they serving the right? And for how long have they been doing so? ****** Please visit MHI’s website for information on philosophy & organization, Marxist-Humanist archives, and its online publication, “With Sober Senses”: https://www.marxisthumanistinitiative.org/

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