[OPE-L:5801] socialism and the small farmer

From: Paul Cockshott (paul@cockshott.com)
Date: Wed Jun 06 2001 - 08:23:10 EDT

At an election meeting in Lanark yesterday, after speaking on
the labour theory of value, exploitation of the worker and
the economic advantages of socialism I was questioned by
a small farmer, who claimed that they were the most exploited
class in the country, and that they got on average about
1.85 pounds an hour for their labour. He wanted to know
what was the socialist response to the problems faced by
the small farmer today.

I must admit it was not a question that I had anticipated 
having to answer, and if he is right in his figures, then
farmer's labour is only being valued at about 1/9 th of the
social norm in the UK, (the MELT  is between 15 and 16 
pounds per hour).

What would participants response to this be?

What do you think is the cause of this unequal exchange
and what is the remedy for their condition.
Paul Cockshott, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland
0141 330 3125  mobile:07946 476966

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