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a economic theory relating to the origin of capital (Adam Smith saw it as a peaceful process with natural imbalances in wealth distribution; Karl Marx saw it as a violent enclosure of the commons etc etc)

Highlighted phrases

primitive accumulation



So true is it that primitive accumulation is not produced just once at the dawn of capitalism, but is continually reproducing itself.

—p.151 The Civilized Capitalist Machine (147) by Félix Guattari, Gilles Deleuze
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4 years, 1 month ago


There can be no doubt that primitive accumulation, the separation of the small producers from their means of production, the creation of the proletariat, was--with all its inhumanities--a historical necessity.

—p.45 Realism in the Balance (28) by György Lukács
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4 years, 2 months ago


The transformation of non-wage labour into wage labour or of public services into capitalist realms of accumulation are specific forms of continuous primitive accumulation.

summarising David Harvey on Rosa Luxemburg

—p.166 Digital Slavery: Slave Work in ICT-Related Mineral Extraction (155) by Christian Fuchs
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4 years ago


Through the process called primitive accumulation, pre-capitalist workers were uprooted from their land and dispossessed of their means of subsistence.4 Peasants struggled against this and continued to survive on the margins of the emerging capitalist world, and it eventually took violent force and harsh new legal systems to impose wage labour on the population. Peasants, in other words, had to be made into a proletariat.

—p.87 The Future Isn’t Working (85) by Alex Williams, Nick Srnicek
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4 years, 4 months ago

Another mechanism that actively changes the size of the surplus is one we have already noted: primitive accumulation. This is not just an origin story of capitalism, but also an ongoing process that involves the transformation of pre-capitalist subsistence economies into capitalist economies.

—p.89 The Future Isn’t Working (85) by Alex Williams, Nick Srnicek
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4 years, 4 months ago


the various forms of “primitive accumulation” described by Marx (whereby land, labor, and natural resources are turned into commodities)

—p.25 Chapter 1: Once in a Lifetime (7) by Richard Dienst
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4 years, 4 months ago


Rather than modernization, we have "primitive accumulation" for a small circle of the ruler's family members.

—p.141 La Paz (134) by Vijay Prashad
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2 years, 11 months ago


Adam Smith [...] called this 'previous accumulation' [...] Karl Marx called it 'primitive accumulation', perhaps to highlight its barbaric nature, for the process of accumulation was violent

—p.76 Three (65) by Jason Hickel
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4 years, 1 month ago


Marx's account of so-called 'primitive accumulation' may be overdramatised and oversimpified but its essential truth is undeniable. Somehow or other the mass of a population has been put in a position of having to work for capital in order to live.

—p.58 Capital Goes to Work (58) by David Harvey
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4 years, 3 months ago


capitalism once again began to rely [...] on forms of accumulation by dispossession [...] that Marx once identified as typical forms of what he called 'primitive accumulation'. The commodification of labour, land and money

—p.29 Progressive and regressive politics in late neoliberalism (26) by Donatella della Porta
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3 years, 10 months ago