Charles Brown cbrown at michiganlegal.org
Tue Oct 11 15:14:45 MDT 2005


*	  Marx himself defines the essential
	condition for the genesis of capital, for the existence of capital--
	dispossesson of the rural population, the separation of labor from
	the separation of the laborer from the instruments of production.  I
	guess there's  a logic to those who describe Marx himself as


"The discovery of gold and silver in America, the extirpation, enslavement
and entombment in mines of the aboriginal population, the beginning of the
conquest and looting of the East Indies, the turning of Africa into a warren
for the commercial hunting of black-skins, signalised the rosy dawn of the
era of capitalist production. 

CB: How is it that Marx says slavery and colonialism "signalised" the
beginning of the era of capitalist production if the defining characteristic
of the capital social relation of production was absent from them ? What is
the necessary connection that Marx implies is between slavery and
colonialism and the capital/wage labor relations dawning too ? 

If slavery and colonialism are not part of the essential genesis of capital,
why do they signalise the rosy dawn of the era of capitalist production ?


where the specificity of the social relation of production
is not the defining characteristic; that division of labor, and
commodity exchange of any sort are capital.

These idyllic proceedings are the chief
momenta of primitive accumulation. On their heels treads the commercial war
of the European nations, with the globe for a theatre. It begins with the
revolt of the Netherlands from Spain, assumes giant dimensions in England's
Anti-Jacobin War, and is still going on in the opium wars against China,

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