[OPE-L:2609] End of labour

From: Paul Cockshott (clyder@gn.apc.org)
Date: Mon Mar 27 2000 - 17:04:52 EST

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At 23:48 22/03/00 +0000, ope-l@galaxy.csuchico.edu wrote:
Chris A:

>It is indeed pretty enigmatic, especially how a presentation of the system
>can at the same time be a critique of it. The answer is that if the system
>is an ' upside-down reality' then characterising it so is to criticise it.
>Incidentally where you have the 'work' as 'a critique of political economy'
>both translations I hav to hand put 'critique of economic categories'.
>In Capital Marx says the standpoint of his critique is that of the working
>class (p.98) insofar as its destiny is to abolish calss! So two things
>follow: to find a standpoint from which to criticise an inverted reality
>one must think beyod it but for this to be a practical standpoint it must
>be one produced within the system. This standpoint is that of the
>critically adopted standpoint of labour (as a moment of capital) since it
>does not look to making everyone a labourer but to the abolition of labour.

The idea of a future in which nobody has to labour is not communism
but a rentier fantasy.
Paul Cockshott (clyder@gn.apc.org)

Paul Cockshott (clyder@gn.apc.org)

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