By Paul M. Sweezy
One of the 20 th century’s greatest Marxian economists discusses the dialectical procedure, the contradictions of capitalism, and the way forward for Marxism.
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This doesn't suggest, despite the fact that, that it's a harmonious procedure with integrated controls and stabilizers: rather the opposite. it's a procedure weighted down with contradictions inherent to its nature that it might neither dispose of nor grasp. And Marx observed the legislations of the falling tendency of the speed of revenue as an important ly very important barometer of the depth and inel uctabil ity of those contradictions. the next passage, omitted in any dialogue of t he legislation with which i'm regularly occurring, eloquently sums up what i feel was once, for Marx, the very middle of the problem: the speed of revenue is the compelling energy of capitalist construction, and merely such issues are produced as yield a revenue. therefore the fright of the English economists over the decline of the speed of revenue. That the naked probability of any such factor should still fear Ricardo indicates his profound realizing of the stipulations of capitalist construction. The reproach moved opposed to him, that he has an eye fixed basically to the advance of the effective forces despite "human beings," whatever the sacrifices in humans and capital values in curred, moves accurately his distinctiveness. the advance of the effective forces of social hard work is the ancient job and privilege of capital. it's accurately during this means that it unconsciously creates the fabric specifications of a better mode of creation. What concerns Ricardo is the truth that the speed of revenue, the stimulating precept of capitalist creation, the basic premise and driv ing strength of accumulation, might be endangered by means of the improvement of creation itself. ... there's certainly whatever deeper than this hidden at this element, which he vaguely feels. it truly is the following tested in a in basic terms financial means, that's, from a bourgeois perspective, in the confines of capitalist realizing, from the point of view of capitalist creation itself, that it has a barrier, that it truly is relative, that it isn't an absolute yet just a historic mode of creation comparable to a distinct and restricted epoch within the improvement of the cloth stipulations ofproduction. (Ibid. , pp. 304-5) The foundations of the legislations. to appreciate why Marx was once con vinced t hat the legislation was once rooted within the nature of capitalist creation, \Ve have to keep in mind his formula of the legislation. In his idea the worth of a com modity (w) is made from the sum of continuous capital (c), 50 Paul M. Sweezy ' variable capital (v), and surplus price (s): w = c + v + s. * The fee of revenue (p) is the ratio of surplus worth to overall capital, whereas the speed of surplus price (s') is the ratio of surplus price to variable capital. One extra inspiration derived from the worth formulation figures in Marx's concept, the ratio of continuing capital to variable capital, which he referred to as the natural composition of capital (o). The inter relation of those techniques is proven as follows: v p s I = c + v c v v v - +- zero + 1 From which it fo'Ilows that the speed of revenue varies at once with the speed of surplus worth and inversely with 'the natural composition of capital.