Re: (OPE-L) the secret by which the capitalist class maintains its power

From: Paul Zarembka (zarembka@BUFFALO.EDU)
Date: Mon Sep 15 2003 - 10:27:12 EDT

Jerry asks:

>2) If Marx believed that working-class division is the "secret
by which the capitalist class maintains its power", where
does that leave 'breakdown' theories of crisis? That is, doesn't
the above suggest that Marxbelieved that capitalism will only
"breakdown" once workers are aware of and overcome "the

I don't see any connection.  Breakdown theory of whatever sort is not a
discussion of working class consciousness (or lack thereof).

In any case, the quote from Marx's 1870 letter is very interesting and
reminds me of Lenin on labor aristocracy -- did Lenin's get his idea from
someone else?


P.S. Sorry about the private message to Steve which I accidentally posted
to OPE-l.

RESEARCH IN POLITICAL ECONOMY,  Paul Zarembka, editor, Elsevier Science

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