The Beginnings of Capitalism and the New Mass Morality
Grossman criticises Max Weber’s argument, recapitulated by Franz Borkenau, about Calvinism’s role in the emergence of capitalism. According to Grossman’s Marxist account, Calvinism emerged as a doctrine neither the masses nor the bourgeoisie but of the craft stratum. Capitalism arose two centuries earlier than Calvinism. A crucial aspect of ‘education in labour discipline’, that Borkenau and Weber neglected, was coercion. Religion in general serves as ‘an instrument of mass domestication’....[Show more]
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