Re: (OPE-L) VFT Additional Note - Reply to Paul Zarembka

From: Paul Zarembka (zarembka@BUFFALO.EDU)
Date: Fri Apr 23 2004 - 10:38:31 EDT


I believe you misunderstand me (in a similar manner as Howard did initally,
but I believe he now understands).  I am making a theoretical point.   I
'merely' say that modern dispossesion processes (which you label
'primitive' or 'original accumulation of capital') are part of
'accumulation of capital' proper.  Could I recommend that either you go
back to my interchange with Howard or read my side of the debate in *The
Commoner*.  If you think *The Commoner* overall is accomplishing something
worthwhile, then you and I are on the same page.  If not, then it is I who
misunderstand you.

Paul Z.

--On Friday, April 23, 2004 9:50 AM -0400 OPE-L Administrator
<ope-admin@RICARDO.ECN.WFU.EDU> wrote:

> Paul Zarembka writes in reply to my statement that original accumulation
> occurs continuously in the history of capitalist development that:
> "I disagree.  Original or primitive accumulation should be a concept
> reserved for the transition from feudalism to the initial establishment
> of capitalism."
> With due respect, I think this is either a scholasticist, subjective
> interpretation of the topic, or a bit of poetry.  If we approach the
> topic with scientific objectivity and thorough legal scrutiny, we must
> admit that  processes of dispossession and expropriation (and their
> corollary, proletarianisation) occur continuously in the capitalist
> system....
> To you in your academic position, all this this might be a bit of
> poetry, but to many people, including myself, it's been not a joke, but
> a miserable reality,...

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