technology (Re: Horowitz's center)

Charles Brown CharlesB at
Wed Mar 10 11:40:56 PST 1999

"rc-am" <rcollins at> 03/10/99 01:10PM >>> which raises the question: is communism defined by the abolition of private property or the abolition of the value form? the latter is certainly not reducible to the former.



Would you elaborate on this ? I agree with you that Marxism is not a technological determinist doctrine. As _The Manifesto of the Communist Party_ emphasizes, all history is a history of class struggles. Class struggle determinism are RELATIONS of production determinism; or relations among people with respect to technology as determinitive. Private property is a certain form of relation of among people regarding ownership of the means of production. Technology is MEANS of production. By Marxism, socialism comes when the working class, a group of people, make it not when it is "automatically caused" by somekind of technology or means of production.

Charles Brown

More information about the lbo-talk mailing list