Re: [OPE] Question to Marxologists: Mode of production

From: Dave Zachariah (
Date: Wed Aug 27 2008 - 04:28:23 EDT

2008/8/27 Paul Cockshott <>

> That is a good point.
> But one should not think that there is a one to one correpondance here. A
> given
> configuration of the forces of production may be compatible with more than
> one
> mode of production, though not with all possible modes of production.

That is my concern too. Indeed, as G.A Cohen argues, Marx used "mode of
production" in two distinct ways: "technical" mode of production and
"social" mode of production. But when he stresses the determining factor in
his theory he refers to the latter. (I'll get the quotes when I have access
to the book.)

In addition to Paul's example, factories and industrial production methods
were compatible both with the capitalist mode of production and the
Soviet-type mode of production.

//Dave Z

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