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Surplus value as the form of capitalist exploitation provides for and rests on the separation of the labourer from the means of production, and perpetuates it as the essential condition for capitalist production and exploitation. Thus the subsumption of the labourer, the foundation of capitalist property relations as relations of production, is ensured by forms and conditions of exploitation which are neither external nor accidental to the mode of production. They are both given in the concept of the mode, as 'effects' and 'supports' of the structure of capitalist relations of production.

He is nevertheless at pains to establish that there is, in his definition, a structural relation between feudal landed property and parcellized sovereignty, reflected by the conditional character of the former and partial form of the latter. But these characteristics, significant as they may be, are all entailed in seigneurial power, which is already conceived as the essential condition of existence of feudal landed property.

These relations constitute land and water as a means of production in the process of production, where they cease to be natural phenomena. The effects of variations in the quantity and quality of land and water as the means of production on the process of production appear only after they are filtered through existing property relations. Thus they are entailed in the mode of the combination of the forces and relations of production in the labour process and are reflected in terms of the variation in the size and the market price of the economic surplus.

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