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In other words, we cannot have financial values in the absence of strategies for the representation of capitalist reality from the viewpoint of risk. ] about imagined future events” (see above passage). Therefore, the detachment of property price from the underlying industrial conditions is the result of the organic inability of forecasts and interpretations to capture the “material facts” of production. This argument is in line with Luhmann’s analysis. : 187). : 185). The financial system begins thus to operate in the fashion of “second-order observation,” where: everyone sees everything from this vantage point, bigger risks are incurred as participants imitate the willingness of others to take risks – although precisely this factor raises total indebtedness and thus total risk.
Nevertheless, the key points of the Ricardian problematic are apparent in Veblen’s analytical speculation. He saw capitalist power as deriving from the institution of private property, capitalist profits as a type of absolute rent, and finance as a form of the sabotage of workmanship based on the financial pattern of second-order-observation. In other words, he offered a perception of finance which is very strong even in the contemporary discussions on financialization: the rise of finance is primarily apprehended as unrealistic, hypertrophic, and dysfunctional, a true distortion of some ideal capitalism.
Neither was he familiar with so-called managerial capitalism. Hence, Ricardo’s capitalist was a person somehow involved in the production process. , from a “footing of workday participation in the work done”) to that of “absentee ownership and control” (Veblen 1997: 58, 59). In other words, the capitalist has not yet become a “functionless investor”; although distinct from worker, the capitalist is seen as an “internal” character in terms of the process of production. The “interiority” of the capitalist is due to the fact that there is not a high degree of separation of ownership and control: hence, the roles of the owner and that of entrepreneur or manager coincide to some extent.