Re: Economakis/Milios on Luxemburg on Marx's repro. schemes

From: Paul Cockshott (clyder@GN.APC.ORG)
Date: Thu May 20 2004 - 16:12:15 EDT

   Consider an historical example: Wage-labor was desired for
> Rhodesian gold mines.  It was supplied, after 1892, by the British
> instituting extraordinarily high taxation on peasant land in Nyasaland
> (now Malawi), and so forcing sons off the land to migrate to wage-labor
> employment in gold mines.  Such jobs could provide direct help for paying
> the land taxes or could provide a market for cash crops used to pay the
> taxes (van Onselen, 1976).  When the process, nevertheless, still led
> lands into receiverships and a subsequent conversion of family members
> into wage-labor work on capitalist farms producing subsistence crops, the
> full result would be the conversion of all subsistence peasant farmers
> into proletarians producing value.  How would one mathematize this? or how
> could the math in the article in question be interpreted to include this
> example?
Forstater has a good analysis of this process at

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