Loan fa(liE~ies, serviced readers
11110re than 600
ctihe been posssble only to outline some of the
marn features connected w:iith I[bli,miesand il~bl1a:ry managemenc in the
Soviet Union. Clearsy, mere could !h'31ve been said, for example, about
po!,iti:Ciad educat:onoour:ses and exhcbitions offered by ikhrarllies, and
about the indexingand oataWOIguing systems used in il~bl1a'nie;:). However.
:rf this article has conveyed la'nythi'ili~, H lis that convincing proal' was
offered to SI:1:0W that IHbra'l1ies (and museums) :p1ruy a vli,tal suppcrnive
role in Soviet society, in generatly raising cultural and technical standards
thinoughout the population.
MARXISM, ORTHODOXY AND
The Lecture Hlal1l l3It Ma,rx Housewas fuLl on September 30 to
heer Professor Joan Robinson vspeak on Marxism. Orthodoxy and
Rwdi'ca!l Economics. Over 100 ipelo,ple managed to squeeze lin to hem
hen- lecture bult another forty or so had to be turned away.
"As a science, economics is an unsaeisfaotory subject," said
Professor Robinson In ope,nlilJ1:g her Iecture. but it ,i,sa, subject about
whidh lit Ii,s inljpc1rrbnt for the IPUlbli,c to have an understanding because
cf ,its, ,idieioILogU;Oall liinflruence:. Economics tdda~ is in :a state of decay
and liin her 'li,feti'ille she had seen a IioiTI1g evolution to the present position.
Ewm1870 to the naneteen-tbirties orthodox economics of Alfred
Mall1sihialH had been dominant. The main economic doctrines had been
worked-out by the 1890s at a lime when the British economy was sti,ll
domiruant,although by the 1870s Briiltish ,indus1Jria'l predominance in
the world had begun to idedliine. The 'po~I:lcyof la,i'ssez-fa,i,re was one
in the interests of British businessmen; the ideas of malilntarining a gold
starudaird, 'a halanl':eid Ibudget ,amid free trade were advantageous to the
interests 10,1' Briti's,h :incLustnila!1iists, las the ,w:odd's most powerful exporters.
Those ,ideas 'were dressed-up in a theoreeicat scheme seen. for example.
lin Say's Law wi
wd:ll becO:llIsumeid". Coupled |
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