Productivity, Value and Material Wealth
- does not alter the value (measured in labor time) of goods produced on any given workday
- increases, by contrast, the material wealth produced on any given workday
- and decreases the value of any single product as a result
The Necessities of the Production of Abstract Wealth
- expansion “outwards“ through the successive conquest of those branches of production that already existed before capitalism, the transfer of the working population to a state of wage-dependency and the conquest of geographical space
- expansion “inwards“ through the creation of new branches of production and—in connection with this—new needs, through production for mass-consumption and through the penetration of the split-off “feminine” realm of reproduction.
The Internal and External Limits of the Capitalist Mode of Production
The pattern I have outlined suggest that, in society in which the commodity is totalized, there is an underlying tension between ecological considerations and the imperatives of value as a form of wealth and social mediation. ... The tension between the exigencies of the commodity form and ecological requirements becomes more severe as productivity increases and, particularly during economic crises and periods of high unemployment, poses a severe dilemma. This dilemma and the tension in which it is rooted are immanent to capitalism; their ultimate resolution will be hindered so long as value remains the determining form of social wealth."
Zu gut für den Kapitalismus. Blockierte Potenziale in einer überforderten Wirtschaft Pages 12 - 19, Edition 8, Zürich 2010