Chapter One: The Sublime Perversion of Capital
1. V. I. Lenin, “The Three Sources and Three Component Parts of Marxism,” in
Collected Works, vol. 19 (Moscow: Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1962), 23–24.
The epigraph to this chapter is from Jameson, The Ideologies of Theory (Minneapolis:
University of Minnesota Press, 1988), 5.
2. Marx, Capital, vol. 1 in Karl Marx, Frederick Engels: Collected Works, 50 vols. (mecw),
vol. 35 (New York: International Publishers, 1996), 9.
3. Marx, “Letter to Otechestvenniye zapiski,” in vol. 24 of mecw (Moscow: Progress,
1989), 200–201.
4. Marx, Capital, vol. 1 in mecw, vol. 35 (New York: International Publishers,
1996), 8.
5. In this sense, the debates occasioned by the publication of Vivek Chibber’s
Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital (London: Verso, 2013) are the latest ex-
pression of this phenomenon. My intention in this book, by taking up the debate
on Japanese capitalism and the work of Uno Ko¯zo¯, is precisely to give a broader
global background to these contemporary debates, to furnish for them an expanded
“prehistory.” For reasons of topicality, I cannot enter deeply into the evaluation of
this debate around Chibber’s book in this book, but I would point to two particularly
important evaluations: Sandro Mezzadra, “Review Essay on Vivek Chibber, Post-
colonial Theory and the Specter of Capital,” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial
Studies 16:6 (2014), 916–925; Timothy Brennan, “Subaltern Stakes,” New Left Review 89
(September–October 2014), 67–87.
6. See Hilton et al., eds., The Transition from Feudalism to Capitalism (London: Verso,
7. See Aston and Philpin, eds., The Brenner Debate: Agrarian Class Structure and Economic
Development in Pre- industrial Europe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987).
8. Uno Ko¯zo¯, Shihonron to shakaishugi [Capital and socialism], vol. 10 of Uno Ko¯zo¯
cho¯sakushu¯ (Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 1973), 11.
9. Foucault, “Structuralisme et poststructuralisme,” in Dits et écrits II, 1976–1988
(Paris: Gallimard, 2001), 1276; “Structuralism and Poststructuralism,” vol. 2 of Essen-
tial Works of Foucault (New York: New Press, 1998), 458.
10. J- L. Nancy, La création du monde, ou mondialisation (Paris: Galilée, 2002).
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