Capitalism and Slavery.

There is an interesting discussion of Athenian society in the Ellen Meiksins Wood Reader. Contrary to the school of historiography that depicts Athens as exemplary of the slave mode of production, Wood makes the argument that slaves worked in different positions within the social division of labour, but were not the basis of this division of labour, within Athenian society. Rather than the system of chattel slavery, Athenian slaves thus worked for their owners in a multitude of positions ranging from household work, to civil service to bank clerks. This raises of the question of whether a similar development could be imagined in contemporary american society where indentured servants provide the type of labour that is not the basis, but is complimentary, to the valorisation of capital.

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