By Peter Hudis
Not like the normal view that Marx's paintings is particular to a critique of capitalism – and that he consciously refrained from any precise perception of its substitute – this paintings exhibits that Marx was once dedicated to a particular notion of a post-capitalist society which expert the complete of his method of political economy.
“This is a well timed and demanding booklet. Exploring the entire diversity of Marx’s texts, Peter Hudis makes a robust case for a coherent Marxian imaginative and prescient of a society past capitalism, alienated labour and the commodity shape. due to Hudis, readers drawn to anti-capitalist choices and Marx’s radical worldview ultimately have the paintings they’ve been having a look for.”
"A specific energy of Hudis's booklet is that it examines the whole sweep of Marx's writings, instead of specialise in one specific textual content or interval of Marx's existence. No stone is left unturned in trying to discover the implicit perception of another. The scope of this enables him to incorporate a couple of texts that are frequently ignored during this dialogue, and provide a couple of novel interpretations of works frequently mentioned in several contexts."
—David Swain, Marx and Philosophy overview of Books
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Additional info for Marx's Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism (Historical Materialism Book Series, Volume 36)
First, instead of viewing labour and capital as distinct, externally-connected entities, they hold that capital emerges and develops in response to struggles against oppression and exploitation. Workers not only resist the development of capital, but their resistance is also responsible for the very constitution of capital. Mario Tronti articulated this position as early as 1964: ‘We too have worked with a concept that puts capitalist development first, and workers second. This was a mistake. 83 Each stage of capitalist production, Tronti and other autonomists argue, took shape in response to specific forms of mass resistance.
The more that labourers are socialised, the more they learn how to cooperatively battle capital: ‘This objective process, dominated by capital, begins to reveal the new subjective level of the working class. ’98 Living labour develops from being a component part of capital to taking on ‘constituent power’. 99 This reading of the Grundrisse, which informs all of his later work, takes Negri far from objectivist readings of Marx. 100 Instead of focusing one-sidedly on capital-as-subject, Negri holds, we should recognise that all of the categories employed by Marx are twodimensional and inherently antagonistic.
Although the term ‘constituent power’ is not found in Marx Beyond Marx, Negri’s later use of this term flows directly from this earlier work’s discussion of the cooperative form of labour. In his more recent work ‘constituent power’ is not restricted by Negri to the industrial working class, but is applied to the ‘multitude’ that resists the dominating framework of ‘Empire’. 100. Negri 1984, p. 132. 101. Negri 1984, p. 123. 30 • Introduction Although Negri’s effort to account for agency illuminates important aspects of Marx’s work, one can ask whether his interpretation takes matters too far.
Marx's Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism (Historical Materialism Book Series, Volume 36) by Peter Hudis