Social Philosophy and Policy

Research Article

The Dynamic of Capitalist Growth

Antony Flewa1

a1 Philosophy, Social Philosophy and Policy Center

It has often been remarked that the most eloquent tribute ever paid to the incomparable effectiveness of capitalist social arrangements as means for achieving economic growth was that of the Communist Manifesto. Yet it is rather rare to notice that neither Marx nor Engels, either there or elsewhere, either asks or attempts to give an answer to a question which, to anyone proposing to revolutionize these arrangements, ought to have appeared crucial: namely, “What was the secret, and how shall we ensure that, under our proposed alternative arrangements, that secret is not lost?”