[Marxism] Fwd: Capitalism, slavery and the search for definitions | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Feb 6 14:03:17 MST 2016

I finally got around to reading John Clegg’s article “Capitalism and 
Slavery” that appeared in the Fall 2015, Critical Historical Studies. 
Like practically all such articles dealing with Political Marxism except 
for those that appear occasionally in the ISO’s International Socialist 
Review, it is behind a paywall. I had heard that the article defended 
the idea that the slave-owners of the Deep South were capitalists while 
at the same time it defended the Brenner thesis that capitalism began in 
the British countryside. To put it mildly, this is about as unusual a 
combination of positions as can be imagined given that the Political 
Marxism catechism sees slavery = precapitalist as sacrosanct.


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