From: Paul Zarembka (zarembka@BUFFALO.EDU)
Date: Wed Apr 21 2004 - 20:45:01 EDT
> From: "Jur Bendien" <firstname.lastname@example.org> > Date: Tue, April 20, 2004 9:56 am > > > Paul Zarembka asked about the expansion of capital involving > non-capitalist modes of production. That is certainly relevant, since > original accumulation (ursprungliche Akkumulation) which is also > sometimes called primitive accumulation is a process which occurs all > the time, i.e. it is a permanent characteristic of capitalism as a mode > of market expansion. I disagree. Original or primitive accumulation should be a concept reserved for the transition from feudalism to the initial establishment of capitalism. I won't repeat what I've written at The Commoner -- see the 8 pages at http://www.commoner.org.uk/debzarembka01.pdf . > But the specific mode of destruction of > non-capitalist property relations and their transformation into > capitalist property relations, through robbery, plunder, looting, > enslavement, debt, usury etc. is not something we can directly infer > from the structure of the capitalist mode of production. Many different > forms of replacing non-capitalist modes of production with capitalist > ones are possible, and I think they mostly cannot be directly deduced > from the defining characteristics of capitalism as a mode of production, > they are historically contingent and depend on historically emergent > power relations. I agree, altho after capitalism is established this is itself 'accumulation' (no adjective). Note that the contingency here must refer to the characteristics of those non-capitalist societies being penetrated. Paul z.
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