Re: [OPE-L:8609] From Ian Wright on Weeks and Simple Commodity Production

From: Rakesh Bhandari (rakeshb@STANFORD.EDU)
Date: Tue May 20 2003 - 12:03:31 EDT

>The fact that a mode of production has an internal dynamic
>that causes it to evolve into something different, does not
>mean that it did not exist.
>Capitalism has an internal dynamic that leads towards
>the collapse of profit rates. It is inherently a transitory mode
>of production that can only persist so long as it is surrounded
>by pre-capitalist production. But it would be wrong to
>conclude from this that capitalism never existed.
>Likewise with simple commodity production.
>Paul Cockshott
>Dept Computing Science
>University of Glasgow

The analogy is false. Expanded reproduction of the capitalist mode is
possible on the basis of wage labor. The simple or expanded
reproduction of simple commodity production would lead to the
differentiation of simple commodity producers, i.e., to the formation
of classes (that was GA Cohen's point). Moreover, Marx believed  that
as merchant capital organized the expansion of simple commodity
production it turned apparently independent proprietors into de facto
wage laborers, i.e., it only seems that simple commodity production
is persisting. See Capital, vol 3, pp. 452-53. Vintage. Kriedte is
charting a similar process led by merchant capital in the
organization of proto industrialization.


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