Re: [OPE-L] What is most important in Marx's theory?

Date: Sun Mar 11 2007 - 17:12:53 EDT

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Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2007 21:05:34 +0100
From: Riccardo Bellofiore <>
Subject: Re: [OPE-L] What is most important in Marx's theory?

>At 10:19 -0800 11-03-2007, Rakesh Bhandari wrote:
>>I don't see nothing more active than capital in
>production processes.

Capital IS a self-moving substance. "Dynamic". Nothing excludes here
that entrepreneurship, or abstinence, or whatever may be the source
of the surplus. And in a sense, it is so. And concrete labour is
nothing but capital itself, as soon as it is "manipulated" by
capital which gives it the specific features needed to produce and
sell. Capital is really productive of the surplus. Only living
labour, as abstract labour to be extracted from wage workers, is
productive of value and surplus value. The capitalist definitely is
NOT like the feudal lord or the slave owner. And in feudalism or
slave society the surplus could be traced back to (concrete) labour
because of the substantialo stationarity of those modes of


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