Walker's Sayings

John R. Ernst ernst at pipeline.com
Tue Sep 5 10:13:56 MDT 1995


Ok.  I'll bite.   Let's start with the first item on your list.  What are
the "internal laws of development" that if left on their own would have
caused capitalism to be overcome.

On Mon, 4 Sep 1995 Tom Walker <popup at FREENET.VANCOUVER.BC.CA> said:

>1. Left to its own "internal laws of development", capitalism would have
>ago succumbed to the contradictions inherent in the processes of
>circulation and accumulation of surplus value.
>2. Capitalism has not succumbed, but has undergone successive mutations
>have allowed for periods of renewed vitality.
>3. These mutations have involved appropriating, to the capitalist process,

>processes and qualities that are not identical to the production,
>and accumulation of surplus value.
>4. The appropriated processes are, by definition, *labour* processes.
>5. These non-capitalist labour processes may be termed (following
>political and socio-cultural labour processes.
>6. Political and socio-cultural labour processes cannot be explained by
>with the capitalist "economic" labour process.
>7. "Neo" and "post" marxisms have highlighted the political and
>contradictions of late capitalism but have failed to articulate an
>theory of the distinctively political and socio-cultural *labour
>8. Economic, political and socio-cultural labour processes are ideal
types. All
>actual labour takes place under some specific combination of features of
>9. Social class can not be extrapolated from the capitalist relations of
>production (ownership and non-ownership of the means of production)
because it
>is *always* mediated by political and socio-cultural relations.
>10. Conversely, social class can not be extrapolated from either political
>socio-cutural relations because it is always mediated by economic
>11. An integrated theory of labour processes would take into account three

>distinctive forms for organizing decisions about the allocation of
>markets, hierarchies and networks.
>12. Markets, hierarchies and networks each offer unique structures of
>motivation, means of communicating decisions, standards of reciprocity and

>crisis tendencies.
>13. As the capitalist labour process successively appropriates features
>characteristics of complementary labour processes, its structures of
>motivation, means of communicating decisions, standards of reciprocity and

>crisis tendencies are correspondingly transformed (Habermas, Legitimation

>14. Historically, capitalism has successfully negotiated four epochal
>transformations of the labour process, which have preserved the hegemony
>15. The dilemma for late capitalism remains: how to continue to transform
>labour process and preserve the hegemony of capital.
>16. As Marcuse wrote in Eros and Civilization: "But the closer the real
>possibility of liberating the individual from the constraints once
justified by
>scarcity and immaturity, the greater the need for maintaining and
>these constraints lest the established order of domination dissolve."
>Tom Walker
>Vancouver, B.C.
>popup at freenet.vancouver.bc.ca

John R. Ernst

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