[OPE-L:1755] Re: Defining & understanding the accumulati

glevy@acnet.pratt.edu (glevy@acnet.pratt.edu)
Fri, 12 Apr 1996 19:37:54 -0700

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Paul C wrote in [OPE-L:1752]:

> The exhaustion of the latent reserve produced real social effects - it
> permited the formation of a stable hereditary proletariat able to support
> general rather than just craft unionism, and was the precondition for
> the rising social weight of the working class during the first half
> of the century.

What *else* was required for industrial unionism and the rising social
weight of the working class during this period? [This question and the
next also have relevance for Paul C's comments in #1750].

> What does occur in concert, is the generalisation of
> overtime working.

What *"does"* occur is the generalization of overtime working? Is there
some variable that you have not considered above? What are you assuming
about the ability of capital to carry out its will?

> But significant increases in labour demand changes in social relations -
> in particular the progessive displacement of the patriarchal mode of
> production in food preparation and child care with socialised production -
> either socialist or capitalist.

What is the "patriarchal mode of production"? Isn't patriarchy,
historically, a necessary and common characteristic of a variety of
alternative modes of production?

In OPE-L Solidarity,