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Labor, Exploitation And Capitalism In Russia Before And After 1991

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This chapter focuses to reduce capitalism to competitive markets and private property. Capitalism is also about the state control, state direction and state competition in the form of state capitalism. The chapter argues that, prior to 1917, Russia had developed as a capitalist economy with strong state elements. The Soviet system was wholly or partially detached from global capitalism and so operated with a dynamic of its own. The restrictive vision of capitalism as a system based on private property and markets creates a serious problem for the analysis of capitalism in general. The apparent paradox of Stalinism was that it extended state property and emasculated the working class at the same time. Soviet workers were now subject to systematic exploitation driven by the competitive accumulation drive.

Keywords: Russia; Soviet workers; state capitalism



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