- Capital, Chapter 15 – Machinery and Modern Industry
- David Harvey – Reading Marx”s Capital Vol 1: Class 8 – Chapter 15
- David Harvey – Reading Marx”s Capital Vol 1: Class 9 – Chapter 15 Continued
- David Harvey, A Companion to Marx”s Capital, Chapters 7-8
- How does a machine add value to a product?
- What is the significance of the rapid obsolescence of modern computerized equipment?
- What converts a system of machinery into an “automaton”? Why does Marx call it “a mechanical monster” with “demonic power”?
- Marx says in footnote 23, page 508, that “science, generally speaking, costs the capitalists nothing.” Is this still true? Why ? Why not?
- What is the “economic paradox” associated with labor saving technological change?
- How does machinery lead to deskilling and new hierarchies, new class compositions?
- How do workers use strikes to differentiate themselves from the machines to which they are tied?
- How does machinery constitute “the most powerful weapon for suppressing strikes”?
- How does machinery prompt new surges of imperialism? And how does this result in a “new and international division of labor”?
- What determines success in the competition among capitalists for market shares?