[OPE-L:2580] Re: Classes and wage-labor

Paul Cockshott (wpc@cs.strath.ac.uk)
Fri, 28 Jun 1996 01:08:28 -0700 (PDT)

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>Whether workers in the former "USSR" labored "for capital" depends on how
>you define and understand capital in that social formation. It is true,
>though, that laborers can exceptionally take the form of non-wage earners
>under specific historical circumstances in capitalist social formations
>(e.g. slave labor in the pre-Civil War South). These laborers (slaves),
>however, were not proletarians any more than laborers in "slave labor
>camps" could be counted as being proletarians.

Why do you regard the ante-bellum south as a capitalist rather than
a slave society?
Paul Cockshott