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sec 110807 Free labor is 1. free from political constraints - labor market 2. free from means of production Marx: free labor --> private property --> class relationships Weber: free labor --> labor market --> standardisation [capitalism] --> calculable State: M: MoP -->state(tool of ruling class) [communism--> no state] W: state is autonemous What does Weber think is unique about the development of the modern West? The increasing diffusion of rationality (13). In what domains is this process occurring? Numerous, even art! (14-6) What is Weber’s mature definition of capitalism? (17) The pursuit of profit and ever-renewed profit through rational enterprise. It is based on expectations of profit in relations of exchange. By what means does the capitalist make his decisions? (18) By a balance sheet. Calculations are made in terms of the probable sum of money to be made if a particular action is taken. But what other group of people does the activities of the capitalist depend on? Rationally organized free labor (21).
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Unformatted text preview: Which other structural conditions does Weber detail as being the basis of modern capitalism? A stable and rationally organized and executed legal system (state) (16-7,25). Separation of business from household (21-2). Rational book-keeping. (22). The rational application of science and technology----->calculability of factors of production (24). What does Weber say about the relationship between class-struggle and rationalization? It is only on the basis of rationalized accounting (undertaken by the Bourgeoisie) and rational discipline (imposed on the modern proletariat) that there may be modern capitalist activity, class struggle, and the vision of som as a rationalized economy (23). Weber restates his goal: To connect the absorption of a particular disposition toward action to a particular social formation. (26). Hence the examination of the effect of a body of religious ideas on the development of the economic ethos of capitalism (27)....
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