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It is, to be sure, appealing in its simplified identification of the young, the restless and the insecure as the foundation of a new movement of resistance. Nonetheless, for all of its attractiveness to an increasingly volatile global sector of the working class, the end result of being drawn into this ideology will be to fragment the potential power of an amalgamation of the dispossessed by hiving off a sector of this class from all other components with whom this contingent might ally, thereby weakening the forces of anti-capitalism.
Thus, in Chapter 23 of Capital, Marx declares, in his discussion of simple reproduction and the relations of seigneurs and serfs, ‘if one fine morning the lord appropriates to himself the land, the cattle, the seed, in a word, the means of production of this peasant, the latter will thenceforth be obliged to sell his labour power’, while in Chapter 25, on ‘the general law of capitalist accumulation’, Marx criticized (but drew upon) Sir Fredrick Morton Eden’s book, The State of the Poor: Or, an History of the Labouring Classes of England (1797).
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