Re: [OPE-L] More about exploitation

From: Michael Schauerte (mikeschauerte@GMAIL.COM)
Date: Thu Jun 21 2007 - 20:38:10 EDT

Yes, I agree with Ajit that gaining an essential understanding of the
wage-form is an integral part of explaining the origin of surplus-value (and
hence profit). My point was that Jurriaan's inclusion of every sort of case
where a person profits at another's expense as "exploitation" does not
explain the *creation* of surplus-value from the perspective of society as a
whole, only its passing from one individual's pocket to that of another
person. This is the question that his all-inclusive approach to the concept
of exploitation fails to address, as far as I can tell. And Marx uses the
term "exploitation" in a specific or "narrow" sense--even though I'm sure he
recognized its colloquial usage--because this is the question that he was


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