[Marxism] Fwd: The New World Order | Boston Review

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Oct 6 07:04:42 MDT 2016

Wilson celebrates the 1850s as a spectacular moment of global connection 
and collision, from the Summer Palace to the United States Senate. Yet 
taking a slightly broader view of the nineteenth century, it becomes 
obvious that the forces driving these dramatic engagements did not 
emanate out of telegraph lines. The two thousand miles of Atlantic Cable 
did require an audacious vision of global connectivity, as Wilson 
emphasizes, but it also required enormous resources of labor and 
capital. The latter came first from a quintet of millionaire bankers and 
industrialists in New York, who later raised even more cash from cotton 
brokers in England. But why did all these men have all this money 
available to fund this utopian engineering project? Wilson does not 
attempt to answer such questions.

In Capital (1867), Marx famously enjoins his reader to leave the “noisy 
sphere” of market circulation, “where everything takes place on the 
surface and in full view of everyone,” to enter

	the hidden abode of production, on whose threshold hangs the notice, 
“no admittance except on business.” Here we shall see, not only how 
capital produces, but how capital is itself produced. The secret of 
profit-making must at last be laid bare.


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