Marx on the birth of finance capital

“[W]ith capitalist production an altogether new force comes into play — the credit system, which in its first stages furtively creeps in as the humble assistant of accumulation, drawing into the hands of individual or associated capitalists, by invisible threads, the money resources which lie scattered, over the surface of society, in larger or smaller amounts; but it soon becomes a new and terrible weapon in the battle of competition and is finally transformed into an enormous social mechanism for the centralisation of capitals.”

– Karl Marx, “The General Law of Capitalist Accumulation,” Chapter 25, Capital, Vol. 1 (1867)

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