In Negative Dialectics, Adorno quotes Marx as saying:
even if a society has found a natural law of motion - and the present works ultimate goal is to unveil the law of modern society economic motion - natural evolutionary phases can be neither skipped nor decreed out of existence ...
I certainly do not depict the landowner, or the capitalist in any rosy-light. But this is a matter of persons insofar as they personify economic categories, insofar as they are carriers of specific class relationships and interests. I comprehend the development of society's economic formation of society as a process of natural history, less than any other does my standpoint permit holding the individual responsible for conditions whose social creature he remains, no matter how far he may subjectively rise above them.
First, it seems likely, given the first few sentences, that this quote is from Capital, is it?
Second, what does the last sentence mean in relation to the preceding paragraph?