The Invention of Capitalism: Classical Political Economy and the Secret History of Primitive Accumulation

@inproceedings{Perelman2000TheIO,
  title={The Invention of Capitalism: Classical Political Economy and the Secret History of Primitive Accumulation},
  author={M. Perelman},
  year={2000}
}
The originators of classical political economy - Adam Smith, David Ricardo, James Steuart, and others - created a discourse that explained the logic, the origin, and, in many respects, the essential rightness of capitalism. But, in the great texts of that discourse, these writers downplayed a crucial requirement for capitalism's creation: for it to succeed, peasants would have to abandon their self-sufficient lifestyle and go to work for wages in a factory. Why would they willingly do this… Expand
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