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The silences of capital

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Capital, assumes the standard of necessity for workers to be a 'constant magnitude' for a given country at a given period. Capital does not have as its object the examination of the movement when 'the workingman presses in the opposite direction' to capital. Capitalism, in short, encompasses not only a relation in which the worker is the mediator for capital in securing its goals (K-WL-K) but also a relation in which capital is the mediator for the worker in securing hers (WL-K-WL).Capital was Marx's attempt to make the proletariat 'conscious of the condition of its emancipation', conscious of the need to abolish capital's ownership of the products of labour. The silence of Marx in Capital has meant a de-emphasis upon the process of struggle itself as a process of production.

Keywords: Capital; Capitalism; Marx



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