Charles Brown cbrown at michiganlegal.org
Wed Oct 12 09:27:42 MDT 2005

"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." 

 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 were not, in Marx's opinion, part of the
essential genesis of capital, why did they signalise the rosy dawn of the
era of capitalist production ?

Is it coincidence, chance, that capitalist production arises and slavery and
colonialism resurrect about the same time among the same countries ?

Capitalism is the negation of the negation of the Graeco-Roman system, the
negation of feudalism, which is the negation of the ancient slave/empire
system.  Slavery and colonialism reemerge's overcome yet preserved in


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