Material productive force

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Material productive force is a Marxian concept, or perhaps catchword, that Marx never adequately defined. Marx regarded the stage or conditions of production not only as a fact entirely independent from human thought but also as the determinant of human thought and social conduct. To quote: "The handmill gives you society with the feudal lord; the steam-mill, society with the industrial capitalist." (from The Poverty of Philosophy by Karl Marx)[1]


  1. Percy L. Greaves, Jr. "Mises Made Easier ", 1974. Referenced 2014-07-21.