Re: [OPE-L] Bloody Capital and Dead Labour Cultural Studies or the Critique of Political Economy? By Mark Neocleous

From: Jerry Levy (Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM)
Date: Mon Apr 24 2006 - 22:46:10 EDT

Re: [OPE-L] Bloody Capital and Dead Labour Cultural StudieAnother thought occurred to me upon further reflection (it's hard trying
to reconstruct your intentions from a post written 10 years ago!) :  I was
replying to a question from (former member) Massimo de Angelis.  Massimo,
you might recall, was influenced in his interpretations of _Capital_ by
Harry Cleaver's _Reading Capital Politically_.  By answering Massimo in 
the way that I did -- by highlighting undead _labor_ -- I was perhaps being a 
tad mischievous since I wanted to suggest that the vampire metaphor which
he himself  in effect raised for discussion  is not consistent with Harry's 
interpretation.  I couldn't locate a response from Massimo and I'm not sure
if he sent one.  What I would have liked, I think, was an exchange 
between Harry's and Massimo's interpretation of  _Capital_  vs.  Mike L's
(and that's one reason when I then initiated a thread on subjectivity).
[This relates to a discussion we had in Fall, 1995 on Book III  (Wage-Labour) 
in the 6-book-plan -- a subject that I tried to re-raise for discussion 
at various times in various ways in the years since.]

In solidarity, Jerry

    Sat, 4 May 1996 04:56:48 -0700
    Massimo asked in [OPE-L:2072]:
    > "A great deal of capital, which appears today in the United States
    > without any birth-certificate, was yesterday, in England,
    > the capitalised blood of children." (V.I. p. 921)
    > I guess also the quote could be dismissed on the ground that
    > it represents a simple metaphor, in which case I would like
    > ask: a metaphor for what? May I have your 
    > distinguished views on the matter
    It's a vampire metaphor, of course. Taking the metaphor literally, one could 
    refer to labor as "undead labor" -- neither completely living or truly dead.

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