Capitalism Sucks - RE: Breaking away?

From: Tony Whitson (
Date: Wed Mar 30 2005 - 18:12:44 PST

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Cole []
Still in the realm of fiction, Don. Hoosier style?
mike -----------

maybe, Mike, but there can be much truth in fiction.

Breaking Away is a great movie -- won Academy Award for Best Screenplay.
It also contains the most succinct presentation I know of Marx's theory of
alienation: ("Capital is dead labour, that, vampire-like, only lives by
 sucking living labour, and lives the more, the more labour it sucks."
 Capital Vol. I Chapter Ten )

In other words, the material conditions that limit the freedom of living
workers are imposed by the appropriation past ("dead") labor, which, in the
form of capital, dictates the conditions of employment for current
("living") labor.

The scene takes place outside the IU's (limestone) library building.
A PDF file slideshow of the scene can be downloaded from

Because of the file size [1.5 Meg] I will keep the file there only for the
next two weeks.

Bonus question for Don Cunningham (or anybody else who's seen this movie
more than once):

What did the father stop himself from telling the son (which would have
completed the sentence that begins "Well, your mom ...") ?

I never made this connection before, but it reminds me of
Sennett's "Hidden Injuries of Class."

-----Original Message-----
From: Cunningham, Donald J. []
Sent: Wednesday, March 30, 2005 8:23 PM
Subject: Breaking away?

Don Cunningham
Indiana University

On Wed, 30 Mar 2005 20:22:51 -0500, Cunningham, Donald J.
<> wrote:
> Don Cunningham
> Indiana University

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