the productive macworker

From: michael a. lebowitz (mlebowit@SFU.CA)
Date: Sun May 16 2004 - 15:25:09 EDT

Came across the following today in a piece by Naomi Klein ('The Bush
doctrine....'). Sounds like they (unlike NK) have been reading Marx on the
distinction between producing a commodity and effecting a change in its
value-form. Would people agree that the macworkers are not only exploited
but also the source of surplus value?
         in solidarity,

>Some jobs, however, are more responsive than others to the power of
>positive presidential thinking. More than 82 per cent of the jobs created
>in April were in service industries, including restaurants and retail,
>while the biggest new employers were temp agencies. Over the past year,
>272,00 manufacturing jobs have been lost. No wonder the President's
>Economic Report in February floated the idea of reclassifying fast-food
>restaurants as factories. "When a fast-food restaurant sells a hamburger,
>for example, is it providing a 'service' or is it combining inputs to
>'manufacture' a product?" the report asks.

Michael A. Lebowitz
Professor Emeritus
Economics Department
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, B.C., Canada V5A 1S6

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