Dialectics of Class Struggle in the Global Economy (Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy (Numbered))

Dialectics of Class Struggle in the Global Economy (Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy (Numbered))

Language: English

Pages: 208

ISBN: 0415750377

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Much ink has been spilled in attempts to prove that humans are only animals and are, like other species, only aggressive. Marx distinguishes both class and cooperative relations as inorganic: humans create their subjectivity through their mutual social production. They build upon their previous forms of social production and, with capitalism, become not only an opposition of classes, but have the capacity for urban individualism and cooperation.

Dialectics of Class Struggle examines the historical development of classes from ancient times to present. It analyses the development of ancient slavery into feudalism and the latter into capitalism. It focuses on the laws and limits of capitalist development, the contradictions inherent in the capitalist state, revolutions in the twentieth century and the possibilities for human freedom that they revealed. It concludes with an examination of class struggles in the global economy and shows the human deprivations as well as the human possibilities.


Why Marx Was Right

Engels: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

The Making of Political Identities (Phronesis)


















same: private appropriation via oil and its products versus social production as the economic development of the Middle East and the world. Socialism is a relation to the whole people because it is centered upon social production. The objective is always the form in which the subject can be subject. The objective subject is a product of the material relations of the productive base. The objective subjects form a social structure as they have relation to each other. The bourgeois state is a

propertyless. Not only were class relations directly antagonistic within the Ancient mode, but so were relations among communities. City-states, like those of Greece and Rome, reproduced and expanded their surplus appropriation by warring against other city-states. This gave them slaves, which were essential to production in the Ancient mode, while relatively unimportant in the Asiatic. War was the great and all-embracing task for the rulers of city-states and was the chief occupation for

German workers’ councils to connect their economic and political struggles, and this connection never happened in Glasgow. Turin workers, by contrast, were more militant in their opposition to the war. During the war, production rose, large numbers of new workers flooded into factories, and prices rose rapidly (Ibid.). To negotiate with employers, Turin workers organized internal committees. These were shop floor committees that reported back to the workers and worked to maintain their

shift between the politics of Social Democracy and fascism that revealed the deep crisis of Germany and of imperialism. The failure to concretely analyze the balance of class forces and the economic failures that underlay that balance left the proletariat without a party to look to for leadership. Trotsky proposed that Communists join the Social Democrats and win their members to themselves by accurately analyzing the economic and class crises and the dangers of fascism. Stalin and the German

economic specialization. The city, by the late nineteenth century, was a product of its redetermination into a geographic region as the basis for mass production industries. The more subordinate cities developed within the regional hierarchy, the more they existed as markets for mass production, and this, in turn, expanded the industrial base of the dominant older port cities within the regional hierarchy. Part of that dominance came as regional cities themselves formed parts within the regional

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