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"Communism is for us not a state of affairs which is to be established , an ideal to which reality [will] have to adjust itself. We call communism the real movement which abolishes the present state of things. The conditions of this movement result from the premises now in existence.

- Marx & Engels - 'The German Ideology', 1845
Technically, we might replace the whole schema laid out in the preface to A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy (aka 'Historical Materialism') with an evergrowing extension of the process of formal subsumption, dating back to the invention of the money commodity in Ancient Mesopotamia and perhaps before (certainly by the time of coins in 7th century Athens). If we are to take Marx seriously: Since it is the form of Value that causes us to fetishise the products of our labours as innately "valuable", commodity fetishism must have already existed on a small scale as far back as that. However, of course this phenomenon only gains genuine significance when it is more or less universalised, in the era of capitalist production.

Looked at this way, we can disinherit the uncomfortably rigid categories derived from Adam Smith and Hegel (slave society, feudal society &c) in favour of something much more fluid and uneven.

In our present epoch - let's call it neoliberalism - the formal subsumption of our private lives continues at a rapid rate, I think it's accurate to identify this with Foucault's biopolitics. There is striking evidence of this in the newsmedia everyday and I think it's safe to say that it is an accelerating process. Formal subsumption now occurs at the level of the personal, the affective and the immaterial (think how most low-level service sector work involves the producing of emotions, making customers feel happy, desired, safe etc). For Foucault, biopolitics was about the continual drive of the State and capital to measure and record our lives in ever more stringent and intrusive ways. This short analysis nails it:…

I don't mean to make the crude error that neoliberalism/our present era is fundamentally a break from the recent past, or capitalism altogether, just that the exponential acceleration of these trends is particularly noteworthy.  

It is interesting to make a note of what the great classical economists would make of our society: Smith/Ricardo/Mill/Marx etc would judge only a small fraction of our annual material output "productive". (In Britain, this is currently a figure slightly below 20% - service sector and knowledge labour makes up about 78% of GDP). Automation keeps driving this down, as per the Law of the Tendency of the Rate of Profit to Fall (Marx).

I want to do another post about the counterpart to formal subsumption, called real subsumption, automation and possibly explain the role of money according to Marx's Capital and why the Labour Theory of Value is not what most modern economists think it is :D  

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enohoc Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Did not hear from you after my last message reply... Any comments?
bttlrp Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
Sorry for the late reply, but I finally responded :D
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bttlrp Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
What video is that? Sorry, it said it had been taken down :/
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How are you doodling this fine day? :D
farand Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Your Slavoj Zizek devID picture is epic win! :D
bttlrp Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Thanks brother, I love him!!
farand Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Indeed, Comrade! :salute:
Exodvs Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Do you have any recommendations for market socialist or mutualist literature? Both of those ideas have piqued my curiosity.
bttlrp Featured By Owner Edited Sep 5, 2014
There are some guys who write for, but the best places to check are the Bleeding Heart Libertarians blog: the Center for a Stateless Society:

And the blogs of my favourite guys, Roderick Long and Kevin Carson

Carson in particular has done some fantastic theoretical work on political economy, capitalism and anarchism synthesising Locke/Marx/Rothbard/Proudhon and others. His books are all free online (links on the latter website) and are quite long, but absolutely worth a close study. In particular, "Studies in Mutualist Political Economy" is one of the best and most original books written in recent decades on market economics and theories of value. I could summarise it if you want, because it's quite a hefty read.

He's also written a book on a "New" Industrial revolution based on artisan production through 3D printing, and how it could be possible to organise federations of small producers without the state or its monopolies. He borrows a lot from Proudhon, Tucker and American 19th century anarchism and a lot of these ideas have gone ignored for way too long!
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