Bringing the Working Class In: Michael Lebowitz's Beyond 'Capital'

Bringing the Working Class In: Michael Lebowitz's Beyond 'Capital' Historical Materialism , volume 14:2 (113–134) © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2006 Also available online – www.brill.nl 1 Marx 1990, p. 929. 2 Lebowitz 2003, p. xi. 3 Lebowitz 2003, p. ix. Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin Bringing the Working Class In: Michael Lebowitz’s Beyond ‘Capital’ Capitalist production begets, with the inexorability of a natural process, its own negation. 1 If there is one important message from this book, it is that economic crises do not bring about an end to capitalism. 2 Introduction In Beyond ‘Capital’ , Michael Lebowitz makes a rather startling claim. Capital , he contends, failed to posit and integrate a ‘political economy of the working class’ into its theorisation. 3 For anyone first drawn to Marxism by the exciting discovery of alienation, surplus-value, and the self-emancipation of the working class, this eyebrow-raising allegation is bewildering. What can this possibly mean when Capital abounds in insights about work and wage- labour, and when Engels’s preface to the English edition already noted that, ‘ Capital is often called . . . HIMA 14,2_f8_113-134II 6/16/06 5:16 PM Page 113 114 • Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin 4 Marx 1990, p. 112. 5 Burawoy cited in Lebowitz http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Historical Materialism Brill

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© 2006 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Historical Materialism , volume 14:2 (113–134) © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2006 Also available online – www.brill.nl 1 Marx 1990, p. 929. 2 Lebowitz 2003, p. xi. 3 Lebowitz 2003, p. ix. Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin Bringing the Working Class In: Michael Lebowitz’s Beyond ‘Capital’ Capitalist production begets, with the inexorability of a natural process, its own negation. 1 If there is one important message from this book, it is that economic crises do not bring about an end to capitalism. 2 Introduction In Beyond ‘Capital’ , Michael Lebowitz makes a rather startling claim. Capital , he contends, failed to posit and integrate a ‘political economy of the working class’ into its theorisation. 3 For anyone first drawn to Marxism by the exciting discovery of alienation, surplus-value, and the self-emancipation of the working class, this eyebrow-raising allegation is bewildering. What can this possibly mean when Capital abounds in insights about work and wage- labour, and when Engels’s preface to the English edition already noted that, ‘ Capital is often called . . . HIMA 14,2_f8_113-134II 6/16/06 5:16 PM Page 113 114 • Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin 4 Marx 1990, p. 112. 5 Burawoy cited in Lebowitz

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