[OPE-L:182] Re: The Book on Landed Property

Paul Cockshott (wpc@clyder.gn.apc.org)
Sun, 1 Oct 1995 12:14:52 -0700

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Yes, that is true and so one wonders how and where this is to be
integrated. Perhaps that is book 7. Ie., once we have the picture of the
capitalist world market, perhaps that is the very point at which it is
ctearly established that this does not exhaust the world, that something
exists outside, that it is necessary to consider that which is outside
then its interactions with the capitalist world economy.

This may be partly a matter of geographical perspective.
In North America, the assumption that agriculture is capitalist
and that landed property takes on a specifically capitalist form
is manifestly reasonable. But South America, the idea that
non-capitalist social relations are 'outside', would be less
plausible. Here in Britain, although at the economic level
the non-capitalist aspects of landed property are slight, things
like the right of the duchy of Lancaster to the property of
all who die intestate in the duchy, the cultural effect
remains considerable. There is a sense in which not only
has landed property been subordinated to capital, but,
landed property has culturally subordinated the capitalist