It is only in its era of monopoly that the capitalist mode of production
takes over the totality of individual, family, and social needs and , in
subordinating them to the market, also reshapes them to serve the needs
of capital. It is impossible to understand the new occupational structure--and
hence the modern working class--without understanding this development.
How capitalism transformed all of society into a gigantic marketplace is
a process that has been little investigated, although it is one of the
keys to all recent social history (188).