Beyond Capital: Marx's Political Economy of the Working by Michael A. Lebowitz

By Michael A. Lebowitz

A totally remodeled variation of his vintage quantity, Michael Lebowitz's Beyond Capital explores one of many nice debates between Marx students, that of the consequences of Marx's uncompleted works. Lebowitz specializes in the part of the employees, which, he argues, was once now not built in Marx's Das Kapital and which was once to be the topic of his meant booklet on wage-labor. Beyond Capital criticizes the one-sidedness of a lot of Marxist inspiration and argues that Marx's political economic climate of the operating type and how during which humans produce themselves via their struggles are significant for going past capital.

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It is obvious that Marx repeatedly uses the term, barrier, in its Hegelian sense. For example, having described the development of the specifically capitalist mode of production, he noted in Capital (in remarks cited partially above) that ‘this mode of production acquires an elasticity, a capacity to grow by leaps and bounds, which comes up against no barriers but those presented by the availability of raw materials and the extent of sales outlets’ (Marx, 1977: 579). Yet, it was very clear that Marx did not view those barriers as limits.

Underlying Marx’s discussion of Growth–Barrier–Growth is Hegel’s exploration of the concepts of Ought and Barrier. For Hegel, that which drives beyond Barrier is Ought, and it was in the course of exploring the Ought–Barrier relationship that he demonstrated the manner in which the concept of the Finite passed into that of Infinity: ‘The finite in perishing has not perished; so far it has only become another finite, which, however, in turn perishes in the sense of passing over into another finite, and so on, perhaps ad infinitum’ (Hegel, 1961, I: 149).

For him, as Thompson (1978: 60) notes, Political Economy appeared as ‘ideology, Why Beyond Capital? 23 or, worse, apologetics. ’ The Young Marx, indeed, was unambiguous. Political economy, he argued in 1844, proceeded in its analysis from private property, wealth and capital and considered the worker only from the perspective of capital. It looked at the proletarian only as worker, only as working animal to enrich capital; it did ‘not consider him when he is not working, as a human being’ (Marx, 1844c: 241–2).

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