[OPE-L:7838] Re: Help with interstices

From: michael a. lebowitz (mlebowit@sfu.ca)
Date: Fri Oct 18 2002 - 15:31:55 EDT

At 12:38 17/10/2002 -0600, you wrote:
>Does anyone know who said when and where that the transition from capitalism
>to communism was fundamentally different from the transition from feudalism
>to capitalism, in the sense that capitalism grew up in the interstices of
>feudalism, whereas communism could not grow up in the interstices of
>     John


         There may be others who made similar points, but Evgeny 
Preobrazhensky in his The New Economics (Oxford, 1965) in his argument for 
'primitive socialist accumulation' argues 'that socialist accumulation can 
begin only after the proletarian revolution, whereas the process of 
primitive capitalist accumulation begins and goes on before the bourgeois 
revolutions (116).'  It's a very interesting discussion of a process of 
contested reproduction-- marred, I would suggest, by the tendency to 
identify socialism with industry (regardless of its productive relations) 
and to miss the point that primitive capitalist accumulation for Marx 
referred first of all to a change in productive relations within 
agriculture. I suspect this latter question is not what interests you, 
though. Are you proposing that, within capitalism, we can identify the 
emergence of new, communist relations (and, thus, such a contrast is 
         in solidarity,

Michael A. Lebowitz
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