great stuff, as always Charles.

It's interesting that Marx, who was such a deep thinker and astute observer when it came to capitalism and all its nuances, seemed to miss the critical role that the Iberian conquest of the Americas played in capitalism's origins. I must confess that I have read only a fraction of his voluminous writings (including their very illuminating correspondences). I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't even read Das Kapital in its entirety. Is there anywhere where Marx (or perhaps Engles) may have discussed this issue?

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