Karl Kautsky was the foremost intellectual leader of the Marxist movement internationally at the end of the 19th century and in the early years of. Contemporary studies on the agrarian question and recent advances .. This section engages the readers with Karl Kautsky’s celebrated Die Agrarfrage. Karl Kautsky () was recognized as among the most authoritative promulgators of Orthodox Marxism after the death of Friedrich Engels and was called.

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Bundy has been criticized not only for failure to examine relations of exploitation through production, but also for his lack of study of qeustion internal dynamics of the societies that he had been studying.

The Agrarian Question

Even bourgeois economists right from Adam Smith and Sismondi have expressed their approval of small farms over hitherto existing latifundiums where tenants farmers precariously existed under duress. Most importantly, Kautsky finds that small-scale agriculture is not an aberration within capitalist agricultural development or something destined to die; peasant agriculture is, in fact, functional to the dynamics of capitalist accumulation.

However, under competitive conditions and excess supply, the market determined price tends to erode the profit and even to non-recovery of cost of production.

It is usually to be set by the least productive farm, owing to higher cost of production. It was not, therefore, rational for direct producers to produce more than their needs, except when they had to exchange to get commodities they could not produce Lenin, There are are very few cooperatives that withstood the test of time.

Large farmers can engage in cooperative activity much more easily than small peasants for a variety of reasons such as, they are relatively few in number who can coordinate well among themselves, and will have necessary leisure and social capital.

His position as a prominent Marxist theorist was assured inwhen Engels put him to the task of editing Marx’s three-volume work Theories of Surplus Value. I will be very grateful. There is no reason even to think that the village commune, says Kautsky, could go over to large-scale communal farming p. Like Lenin, Kautsky celebrated the proleterianisation of the peasants not only because it generates conditions for supply of labour for industrialisation, but also that it allows workers to be free outside the workplace, and this makes it possible for the proletarian to politically organize.


Peasant agriculture in the reserves contributed to the social reproduction and maintenance of migrant workers. Vladimir Lenin and Karl Kautsky and the agrarian question in the South. Capitalism thus benefited from the continued existence of the pre-capitalist mode of production. The collapse of the peasant household creates necessary conditions for the home market of consumer goods. Following the death of Engels inKautsky became one of the most important and influential theoreticians of Marxism, representing the mainstream of the party together with August Bebeland outlining a Marxist theory of imperialism.

Like Lenin, Kautsky notes the increasing polarization of classes in agrarian society and the attendant concentration of rural property, and they are both careful about showing the differentiation of the peasantry.

The commodities quewtion urban industry that reached the village also sowed the seeds of dissolution of the traditional peasant family. Restriction on the investment to the reserves by the colonial and Apartheid state has hindered economic growth, which would have led to the eradication of the tribal customs and traditions, liberal political economists argued.

But the size of the large farm reduces the average cost of overheads, and increases the profits proportionately, making them superior to the small farms. The more capitalism develops, the greater the difficulties that commercial tue farming encounters. That is why it was men who were drawn into wage-labour.

Poor peasants could not afford to keep their plots eventually became landless wage-labourers.

Karl Kautsky – Wikipedia

In the terrible conditions created by the Piatiletkapeople rapidly perished. This is plainly wrong for many countries even questio, and had Lenin followed this line, the outcome of the Russian Revolution would not have been such an initial success for the Bolsheviks.

Kautsky is notable for, in addition to his anti- Bolshevik polemics, his editing and publication of Marx’s Capital, Volume IV usually published as Theories of Surplus Value. Lenin contends that the process of class differentiation changed the rural class structure.

However, government rejected these recommendations. A worker needs clothing, food and shelter in order to reproduce, and a wage plays this function. The complete erosion of the peasant economies would have eroded the basis of reproduction of cheap labour. The existence of markets is one of the essential conditions for capitalism to be installed and reproduce itself.

A study of the economic origins and consequences of racial segregation in South Africa. Price of an agricultural commodity, in fact should be comprised of three components, wage, rent and profit. Finally, access to banking system and larger savings make large farms undertake high risk investments.


But, the question is whether the small farmers see its advantages and agree to it. September 16, at 6: However, lack of organizational discipline and lack of democracy in organizing cooperatives would not favour small farms. In fact, wage-labour remittances also served as a basis for further peasant class differentiations Ruth, , pp.

The growth of engineering and metallurgical sciences and invention of steam engine transformed transport that reduced not only human drudgery but also the labour cost besides saving time. The small peasant passes the most miserable existence that can ever be imagined. What explains the variations in the livelihood tbe of the decimated peasantry? Segregation enforced through the state provided a political form functional and relevant to declining conditions of the peasant economies. Click here to sign up.

Nevertheless, they also overlooked the mechanization of labour process resulting in retrenchment of workers, which set conditions for workers to be thrown back into the countryside and earn their livelihood by tilling the land. The commodity, which the small farmer produces in abundance, is precisely the means of production urgently required by the large farm — labour power.

He suggested two possible paths for installation of capitalism. They were critical of the peasant production and its concomitant low levels of labour productivity. In short, for Wolpe the kutsky of the Apartheid state represented an attempt to retain the rate of surplus value using the pre-capitalist modes of production in the context of its dissolution.

First, they provide industrious care in farming i. As he puts it, small farms and big farms end up being crutches for each other In fact, this sets the initial material basis for collapse of the Russian feudalism. Hence exporting Russian commodities was not an option1. Throughout the book, Kautsky is still totally dismissive of peasants political consciousness and agency. Such markets existed in conjunction with feudalism, guilds, etc.