Darren Poynton

The Machine and Its Discontents: A Fredy Perlman Anthology

A new Fredy Perlman anthology, joint published by Active Distribution and Theory and Practice 2018.

The Agrarian Origin of Capitalism - Darren Poynton (2011)

Jean-Francois Millet "Peasant Digging"

The transition from feudalism to capitalism is often viewed as the result of a gradual and rising progress of technology, urbanisation, science and trade - inevitable because humans have always possessed ‘the propensity to truck, barter and exchange’ (Adam Smith). However, as I hope to demonstrate, the rise of capitalism depended on very specific and localised conditions and was the result of a process that was far from automatic.