In Marxist theory, the ability to produce; including the physical, technological, political, economic, and social ability to do so. The means of production may be broken down into the forces of production and the relations of production. In capitalism the relations of production essentially refer to the institution of private property and to the class relations between those who are propertied and those who are not. The forces of production can be seen as referring to both material and social elements. They include natural resources (land, minerals, etc.) insofar as they are used as objects as labor, physical equipment (tools, machines, technology, etc.), science and engineering (the skills of people who invent or improve the physical equipment), those who actually work with these skills and tools, and their division of labor as it affects their productivity. - C. Wright Mills, The Marxists (New York: Dell Publishing Co., 1962), pp. 82-83.

 










   

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