The Fishing Revolution and the Origins of Capitalism

Ian Angus

Resilience has reposted my MR article on "The Fishing Revolution and the Origins of Capitalism."

The long-distance fishing operations of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries were among the first examples, and very likely the largest examples, of what Marx called manufacture—mass production, without machinery, of commodities that were sold for profit—“a specifically capitalist form of the process of social production."
In the Fishing Revolution, capital in pursuit of profit organized human labor to turn living creatures into an immense accumulation of commodities. ... That increased production supported a qualitative increase in the volume of fish consumed in Europe—and began the long-term depletion of ocean life that in our time has pushed cod and many other ocean species to the brink of extinction.

Ian Angus
Editor, Climate & Capitalism

Mark Baugher

On Mar 23, 2023, at 9:19 AM, Ian Angus <ecosocialism@...> wrote:
I'm glad you were able to post that for public access. It's well worth reading in my opinion.