The Politics of Beyond 'Capital'

The Politics of Beyond 'Capital' Historical Materialism , volume 14:4 (167–183) © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2006 Also available online – www.brill.nl 1 I develop this argument further in the Deutscher Memorial Prize Lecture for 2005 (Lebowitz 2006a). Until we consider the side of wage-labour explicitly, we cannot understand capital as permeated by two-sided class struggle; this seems to be the basis of disagreement with Werner Bonefeld, who appears prepared to accept capital as it first presents itself. Intervention Michael A. Lebowitz The Politics of Beyond ‘Capital’ My cup runneth over. Not only did the four contributors (and the editor) for the Historical Materialism symposium on Beyond ‘Capital’ ( HM 14, 2) celebrate the general project and its most important arguments but, in questioning some aspects, they push me to expand on matters not developed and, even, not fully comprehended. What more could I ask for? Beyond ‘Capital’ is about class struggle. Not only the struggle of capital against workers (given the drive of capital for surplus-value) that Capital introduces but also the struggle of workers against capital because of ‘the worker ’s own need for development’. And this means that we not only see another side of capitalism; we also see another http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Historical Materialism Brill

The Politics of Beyond 'Capital'

Historical Materialism, Volume 14 (4): 167 – Jan 1, 2006

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© 2006 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1465-4466
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1569-206X
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10.1163/156920606778982590
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Historical Materialism , volume 14:4 (167–183) © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2006 Also available online – www.brill.nl 1 I develop this argument further in the Deutscher Memorial Prize Lecture for 2005 (Lebowitz 2006a). Until we consider the side of wage-labour explicitly, we cannot understand capital as permeated by two-sided class struggle; this seems to be the basis of disagreement with Werner Bonefeld, who appears prepared to accept capital as it first presents itself. Intervention Michael A. Lebowitz The Politics of Beyond ‘Capital’ My cup runneth over. Not only did the four contributors (and the editor) for the Historical Materialism symposium on Beyond ‘Capital’ ( HM 14, 2) celebrate the general project and its most important arguments but, in questioning some aspects, they push me to expand on matters not developed and, even, not fully comprehended. What more could I ask for? Beyond ‘Capital’ is about class struggle. Not only the struggle of capital against workers (given the drive of capital for surplus-value) that Capital introduces but also the struggle of workers against capital because of ‘the worker ’s own need for development’. And this means that we not only see another side of capitalism; we also see another

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