Historical Retrogression or Socialist Revolution
A Discussion Article on the Thesis of the IKD

James, C.L.R. (writing as J.R. Johnson)
Publisher:  New International
Year Published:  1946
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX8023

Capitalism fetters, i.e., hampers, impedes the development of the productive forces. But it does not bring them to a halt. They move forward by advance, retardation, standstill, but they move forward, bringing the proletariat with them. The theoretical analysis is that the more capitalism increases the productive forces, the more it brings them into conflict with the existing social relations. The more it increases and develops the productive forces the more it socializes labor and the more it degrades it and the more it drives it to revolt.

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