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Marx at one stage, in discussing pre-capitalist relationships in Volume III of Capital, calls usurer's capital, which he describes as the antiquated form of interest-bearing capital, as a parasite on the capitalist mode of production.
It was also seen as an autonomous and independent form of capital: "Interest-bearing capital, or, as we may call it in its antiquated form, usurer's capital, belongs together with its twin brother, merchant's capital, to the antediluvian forms of capital, which long precede the capitalist mode of production and are to be found in the most diverse economic formations of society" (1991, 924).