The Double Character of Marx’s critique of political economy in 1861-63.

A passage demonstrating the double character of Marx’s critique as a critique of political economy as the historically specific capitalist form of social labour and of the discipline of political economy:

“In this contradiction, political economy merely expressed the essence of capitalist production or, if you like, of wage labour, of labour alienated from itself, which stands confronted by the wealth it has created as alien wealth, by its own productive power as the productive power of its product, by its enrichment as its own impoverishment and by its social power as the power of society. But this definite, specific, historical form of social labour, as it appears in capitalist production, is proclaimed by these economists as the general, eternal form, as something determined by nature and these relations of production as the absolutely (not historically) necessary, natural and reasonable relations of social labour. Their thoughts being entirely confined within the bounds of capitalist production, they assert that the contradictory form in which social labour manifests itself there, is just as necessary as the form itself freed from this contradiction.” MECW  32 394

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