(OPE-L) Re: Labour aristocracy

From: glevy@PRATT.EDU
Date: Wed Jan 14 2004 - 11:29:56 EST

Alejandro wrote:

> Gloria Martinez has  research showing  that, in general,  rate of
> surplus value are higher in underdeveloped countries relative to rich
> countries.

What is the full citation for the article (?) by Martinez?

> I am sure this is a puzzle to Marxian theory.

What is the puzzle?  If differences in the length of the working
day and work week (and hence absolute surplus value) and
intensity of labor aren't significant enough to account for the
differences in the rates of surplus value, then that should
mean that if the rates of surplus value are higher in the
'underdeveloped countries', this should be largely due to
international differences in wages and benefits.  Right?

In solidarity, Jerry

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