Author: Karl MarxTranslator(s)/ Edito: Utsa PatnaikPublisher: LeftWordYear: 2007Language: EnglishPages: 319ISBN/UPC (if available): 8187496592
Modern economic writings do not possess a correct theory of rent arising specifically from ownership of landed property. This conceptual famine has seriously affected the analysis of agriculture in developing economies, where agriculture employs two-thirds of the work force, and where three-fifths of the land is owned by less than a tenth of the landowners. It also hampers us in understanding the agrarian crisis that is engulfing many countries of the Third World.The selections of readings put together in this volume is in three parts. The first part deals with Marx's writings on pre-capitalist relationship, and that aspect of the primitive accumulation of capital which relates to the formation of a property less labor force. The second part is devoted to the Marxist theory of rent, in particular to understanding the crucial distinction made by Marx between what he termed 'absolute ground rent', and Ricardo's concept, which he termed differential rent The third part relates to the process of capitalist development in agriculture and the formation of a class of capitalist producers.The editor's erudite and lucid introduction lays out the terrain of the argument and makes Marx's theory of rent more accessible and comprehensible to the lay reader.
IntroductionTHE PRIMITIVE ACCUMULATION OF CAPITALThe Secret of Primitive AccumulationExpropriation of the Agricultural Population from the LandBloody Legislation Against the Expropriated,from the 15th Century. Forcing Down of Wages by Acts of ParliamentGenesis of the Capitalist FarmerReaction of the Agricultural Revolution on Industry. Creation of the Home-Market for Industrial CapitalPre-Capitalist RelationshipsTHE THEORYOF GROUND RENTDifferential Rent: General RemarksFirst Form of Differential Rent (Differential Rent I)Second Form of Differential Rent (Differential Rent II)Absolute Ground RentBuilding Site Rent. Rent in Mining. Price of LandRicardo's Denial of Absolute Rent - A Result of his error in the Theory of ValueThe Inadequacy of the Ricardian Definition of RentRicardo's Criticism of Adam Smith's and Malthus's Views on RentRichard JonesTHE DEVELOPMENT OF CAPITALIST RELATIONS IN AGRICULTUREThe Capitalist Character of Modern AgricultureLarge and Small FarmsReview of Kautsky's Die AgarfrageCapitalism in Agriculture (Kautsky's Book and Mr. Bulgakov's ArticleIndex