The Economic Structure Of Feudal Society

983 Words Nov 1st, 2015 4 Pages
Emerging, as Marx posits, “out of the economic structure of feudal society,” Capitalism quickly became a pervasive, relentless and seemingly inescapable structure. “The emancipation from serfdom and from the fetters of the guild” led, on one hand, to the unprecedented creation of various economic and social opportunities. Conversely, Marx also acknowledges that “these new freedmen became sellers of themselves only after they had been robbed of all their own means of production, and of all the guarantees of existence afforded by the old feudal system…Just as man is governed, in religion, by the products of his own brain, so, in capitalist production, he is governed by the products of his own hand…within the capitalist system all methods for raising the social productiveness of labor are brought about at the cost of the individual laborer; all means for the development of production transform themselves into means of domination over, and exploitation of, the producers; they mutilate the laborer into a fragment of a man, degrade him to the level of an appendage of a machine…they transform his lifetime into working-time, and drag his wife and child beneath the wheels of the Juggernaut of capital… Accumulation of wealth is at one pole, therefore, at the same time accumulation of misery, agony of toil slaver, ignorance, brutality, mental degradation, at the opposite pole, i.e., one the side of the class that produces its own product in the form of capital.” Throughout the first…
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