By Michel Beaud
The conquest of the Americas inaugurated the sluggish accumulation of assets and the imperceptible structural changes that culminated within the commercial Revolution. From that second on, capitalism grew and accelerated with a dynamism and suppleness which are now all too favourite, taking advantage of wars or even handling to rebound after a chain of devastating fiscal crises.
In this highly-anticipated revised version of the 1981 vintage, Beaud extends one of many significant strengths of the unique: the interweaving of social, political, and monetary components within the context of background. whilst, Beaud's research presents a practical and thorough exam of the advancements of capitalism within the final two decades, together with globalization, the accelerating pace of capital move, and the cave in of the Soviet empire and the next absorption of its inhabitants into the area industry. This new version additionally deals a totally revised layout that integrates diagrams and flow-charts no longer formerly to be had within the English-language variation.
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What labour adds in production is a matter of energy. How fast labour can produce depends on technology, which is to say it depends on time. As is well known, Marx was interested in identifying the factors making for the contradictions of capitalist production, hoping to chart the ways in which capitalism would be overthrown, presumably to be followed by communism. He predicted that when capital is unable to spend more, relatively, on labour, its profits would decline. But as Brennan is not the first to observe, the belief that the rate of profit will tend to fall has not been borne out wherever production flourishes and profit grows on the basis of ‘natural resources’ rather than labour- power.
While we fear the egoist (Hobbes), we resent the altruist, disbelieving that he really is one (Nietzsche). III Brennan sets out to apply to nature the argument Marx famously made about human labour. Marx argued that there was a necessary – internal and inescapable – relation between capitalist profit and the exploitation of labour: profit is made because, and to the extent that, labour gives more than it costs. That ‘extra’ yielded by labour, only to be taken from it, is the source of profit in strictu sensu: profit’s one and only source.
From Nietzsche to Baudrillard, what could be more suspect? Brennan very deliberately challenges the post-modern doxa by focusing on the mother’s body, which, like the natural order of which it is a part, is an origin before the foundation. Likewise, it is one thing to say that ‘there is no concept of nature outside of culture’; it is quite another to say that there is no nature. This intellectual trend follows on Baudrillard’s study of America, theorizing culture as a copy of a copy, as made up of simulacra to the effect that no origin is to be found, no referent for meaning – permitting the verification of truth – can be located (1998).
A History of Capitalism, 1500-2000 by Michel Beaud