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

From: Dave Zachariah (
Date: Wed Aug 27 2008 - 13:19:48 EDT

Two quotes:

    The essential difference between the various economic forms of
    society, between, for instance, a society based on slave-labour, and
    one based on wage-labour, lies only in the mode in which this
    surplus-labour is in each case extracted from the actual producer,
    the labourer.
    (Capital, vol 1.

    The specific economic form, in which unpaid surplus-labour is pumped
    out of direct producers, determines the relationship of rulers and
    ruled, as it grows directly out of production itself and, in turn,
    reacts upon it as a determining element. Upon this, however, is
    founded the entire formation of the economic community which grows
    up out of the production relations themselves, thereby
    simultaneously its specific political form. It is always the direct
    relationship of the owners of the conditions of production to the
    direct producers --- a relation always naturally corresponding to a
    definite stage in the development of the methods of labour and
    thereby its social productivity --- which reveals the innermost
    secret, the hidden basis of the entire social structure and with it
    the political form of the relation of sovereignty and dependence, in
    short, the corresponding specific form of the state.
    (Capital, vol 3.

//Dave Z
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