[Marxism] Change for the worse in Argentina

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Sep 10 11:03:46 MDT 2009

S. Artesian wrote:
> And of course, by the 1700s, capitalism is well established in the English 
> countryside. Much if not most of  Brenner's works up to and including his 
> Merchants and Revolution is concerned with the period prior to the 18th 
> Century.

Not if it is defined on the basis of relative surplus value, which is 
critical to the Brenner thesis. British agriculture in the 18th century 
operated with indifference to surplus value production and that which 
was produced used muscle, rudimentary tools, and horses or oxen rather 
than mechanical innovation. Mechanical innovation was associated with 
the industrial revolution of the late 18th and early to mid 19th century 
seen as such a departure from past norms that it inspired Thomas Gray to 
write "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard", a poem that Raymond 
Williams linked with William Blake's romantic anti-capitalism.

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