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This paper critiques the purposes to which Marx’s Fragment on Machines is put in postoperaist thought. I suggest postoperaist readings wield influence on contemporary left thinking, via postcapitalism, accelerationism and ‘Fully Automated Luxury Communism’. Changes in labour lead proponents to posit a crisis of measurability and an incipient communism. I use the New Reading of Marx and Open Marxism to dispute this. Based on an analysis of value as a social form undergirded in antagonistic social relations, I argue the Fragment’s prognosis runs contrary to Marx’s critique of political economy when the latter is taken as a critical theory of society. This theoretical claim bears implications for contemporary left political praxis.
|Place of Publication||Bristol|
|Publisher||University of Bristol|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sep 2016|
|Name||School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies Working Paper Series|
- post capitalism
- Sociology of Work
- Critical Theory
- Political Economy
- Political sociology
Pitts, F. H. (2016). Beyond the Fragment: the Postoperaist Reception of Marx's Fragment on Machines. (School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies Working Paper Series). University of Bristol.