- Capitalism and Alternatives -
Posted by: Stoller on November 15, 1999 at 12:06:36:
In Reply to: Sorry, plumbers---here's some historical materialism (and job rotation) to comfort you posted by Barry Stoller on November 14, 1999 at 14:37:14:
: Put simply, capitalism first creates an abundant mode of production and THEN socialism adopts that productive power---altering the social relations of that productivity to favor the workers instead of the bosses. Historical materialism.
: I disregard the peasant / petty proprietor because THAT mode of production is preindustrial. The whole idea behind 'Scientific Socialism' (yes, I use quotes with that term) is that the level of productivity must be abundant (mechanized, rationalized) BEFORE the social relations can be changed from capitalism to socialism. The idea is that the mode of production becomes developed TO THE POINT where there IS 'enough to go around for all.'