More thoughts on the 19th century, actually just on what happened toward its end in the U.S. There was increasing recognition of systemic problems and the need for a conscious, planned systemic perspective, all on the part and in the interests of the capitalists and their allies and employees. This happened alongside the extension of capitalism/commodification along the supply chain, so to speak, of people’s subsistence needs. More of life passed through the market (such that loss of access to money limited access to an increasingly larger set of aspects of life), and more of that life-in-and-through-the-market was a subject to scrutiny and, ultimately, management. In historical capitalism in the United States every stage of the spiral motion of life under capitalism was subject to some kind of intervention, including simple circulation, though not by a centralized body so much as by a range of forces. These forces included attention to some of the negative effects of capitalism in order to address, but still doing so in ways that reproduced capitalism.
http://whatinthehell.blogsome.com/2011/01/01/p1227/

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