From: Howard Engelskirchen (howarde@TWCNY.RR.COM)
Date: Thu Apr 22 2004 - 02:43:25 EDT
Hi Paul, David Harvey in the book I mentioned the other day, The New Imperialism, is very far from agreeing with your point on primitive accumulation. He has a section on Accumulation by Dispossession and considers its consequences an important feature in social resistance today. Howard ----- Original Message ----- From: "Paul Zarembka" <zarembka@BUFFALO.EDU> To: <OPE-L@SUS.CSUCHICO.EDU> Sent: Wednesday, April 21, 2004 8:45 PM Subject: Re: [OPE-L] (OPE-L) Additional note [on VFT] > > From: "Jur Bendien" <email@example.com> > > 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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