Capital as a Social Relation

  • Anwar Shaikh
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Taken by itself, a sharp stone is simply a relic of some ancient and inexorable geological process. But appropriated as a cutting instrument, it is a tool or, in a somewhat more murderous vein, a weapon. As a stone, it is a natural object. But as a tool or weapon, it is an eminently social object whose natural form is merely the carrier of the social relations which, so to speak, happen to have seized upon it.


Social Relation Labour Process Social Form Capitalist Production Social Object 
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