[Marxism] Fwd: Once again on the formal/real subsumption question | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Jan 24 13:30:21 MST 2016

In my post on “Anglocentrism and the real subsumption of labor”, I 
mistakenly attributed Marx’s discussion of formal and real subsumption 
to the Grundrisse.. In actually is contained in “The Results of the 
Direct Production Process”, which is part of a third draft of Capital 
that Marx wrote between the summer of 1863 and the summer of 1864, and 
is based on a plan Marx made for the work in December 1862. After 
reading it, I find myself troubled by how it fits into Marx’s more 
general analysis of the exploitation of labor in light of his statement:

	Just as the production of absolute surplus value can be regarded as the 
material expression of the formal subsumption of labour under capital, 
so the production of relative surplus value can be regarded as that of 
the real subsumption of labour under capital.


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