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More from Jehu: Capitalism Without A Capitalist: Why SYRIZA probably will fail
Lebowitz explains why a close reading of Marx will show capital "produces a worker who looks upon its requirements as `self-evident natural laws'?
"When we think about the dependence of the worker on capital, is it difficult to grasp why capitalism keeps going? After all, Marx not only proposed that capitalism "breaks down all resistance" he also went on to say that capital can "rely on his [the worker's] dependence on capital, which springs from the conditions of production themselves, and is guaranteed in perpetuity by them" (899). Capitalism tends, in short, to produce the workers it needs."
Both essays go a long way toward explaining why SYRIZA, although it now has in its hands management of the largest single employer in Greece, likely will never consciously exploit this position to advance the emancipation of society from labor.


A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Mar 19th, 2015 at 11:16:07 AM EST
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I don't think it is at all impossible. It is primarily a problem of bringing the unconscious presumptions into consciousness where they can be discredited and dismissed. This is best accomplished by those who are already critical of the existing system because they identify more with the victims than the beneficiaries of that system.

But Jehu's analysis DOES coincide with that of Nitzan and Bichler in "Capital as Power" in that the essence of capitalism is the ability of the capitalist to creatively reorder society to meet the needs of capitalist production. There is no reason, other than the success of the 'Government can't do anything right!' mantra of the appologists for the current order along with the string of disasters THEY have themselves deliberately created to make their point, for Syriza leadership to think that they can not  creatively reorder that part of Greek society they need to change in order to help those people. The problems will come from the predictable, ruthless attempts to destroy Syriza and all it stands for by those serving those benefiting from the current order

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Mar 19th, 2015 at 11:28:59 AM EST
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