The foundation of the Uno School is Uno’s theory of a purely capitalist society. It is this theory that sets forth the necessary inner connections of capitalism in the abstract and in general, and hence establishes the foundation of political economy. The distance between the inner logic of capitalism and its historical development is great. To apply the law of value directly to history would therefore produce an economistic and reductionist history. The gap between the highly abstract theory of pure capitalism and concrete history must be addressed by developing mediations. There are many ways of doing this, but in Uno’s view the most effective way is to develop a distinct level of theory. Following Lenin, Uno refers to this mediating level of theory as ‘stage theory’.
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