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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This extensive inquest into the history and politics of agriculture was certainly one of the first of its kind. Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of Those markets were based on simple commodity production, which involved direct interaction of producers and consumers facing each other. Only seldom does the thought occur to them what enslavement, what lowering of human self-esteem was connected with the construction of those gigantic establishments.

The fact that production is mainly for consumption does not mean peasants do not exchange their surpluses for other goods. The Bolsheviki under Lenin’s leadership, however, succeeded in capturing control of the armed forces in Petrograd and later in Moscow and thus laid the foundation for a new dictatorship in place of the old Czarist dictatorship.

For instance, in a chapter on evaluating the potential of cooperatives, Kautsky wonders: Shanin shows that towards the beginning of the twentieth century, the Tsarist Russia had agraarian. The now universally operative price, distorts the value by kauutsky its operation.


The institutions of traditional authorities mended by local chiefs served as political institutions to politically dominate the rural inhabitants, including serving as labour recruitment agencies for the mines. Workers, who were erstwhile producers, are now alienated from means of production, and become available for surplus value to be expropriated.

The first reason has to do with the economic function the peasant production fulfills in capitalist capital accumulation.

Karl Kautsky

Money lending, lack of land and farming instruments were the main mechanisms that generated conditions for class differentiation amongst the peasantry Lenin, ,p.

But I think the key question is that of large and small farms. Even if they agree, how far can the cooperatives survive? Therefore, the quesstion of the home market necessitates foreign market according to the Narodniks logic. Capitalist farmer, who also owns the land enjoys a profit which involves the surplus value plus the ground rent built into the price.

Ayrarian labour becomes the norm, which undermines their education and capacity to enter skilled labour. So necessary labour time takes wage-form and surplus value takes a monetary form.

The Agrarian Question

Large size farms have several advantages over the small farms in this regard. Hence, the dispossession the destruction of the African peasantry through proleterianisation was linked to the needs of capitalist development in South Africa.

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The Agrarian Question

Hence, since in the s the state had been providing some support to the African peasant agriculture just enough to maintain the labour reserves. There are are very few cooperatives that withstood the test of time.


The role of the peasantry and the kral masses was significant during the Russian Revolution. I will be very grateful. Wikiquote has quotations related to: The peasantry had to work for a wage in order to earn money to pay the tax.

Lenin: Book Review: Karl Kautsky. Die Agrarfrage

The dispossession of the peasants also means that they are also transformed into consumers of commodities. It should be noted that the Narodniks were not opposed to modernization or economic growth as such.

Progressive action in present-day society can only strive to lessen the harmful effects which capitalist advance exerts on the population, to increase the consciousness of the people and their capacity for collective self-defence.

He edited the magazine until September In spite of conclusive evidence of inherent superiority of large farms, we also have to explain the existence and sometimes proliferation of small farms beyond Germany, including those in England, and France.

The relations between large and small landowners come still closer to those of capitalists and proletarians. It is not that peasants have not benefited from them.

Unlike the Narodniks, Lenin celebrated the destruction ahrarian the peasant communes by capitalism because it generates conditions for economic growth. Philosophy Economic determinism Historical materialism Marx’s method Philosophy of nature.

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