Re: [OPE-L] More about exploitation

From: Michael Schauerte (mikeschauerte@GMAIL.COM)
Date: Sat Jun 23 2007 - 23:31:50 EDT

I should add one more thing, even though my last post was way too long
already: When I said that the theoretical question comes down to identifying
the origin of profit, using the term "profit" may be confusing , because in
fact profit can indeed arise from any economic endeavor. It might be more
accurate to say: What is the origin of surplus-value? (and I think I did
state it as such at times). But when economists were approaching the
question of how to explain where profit comes from, they obviously began
from reality as it appeared to them on the phenomenal level, and so they
naturally posed the question in terms of profit, rather than
"surplus-value," as the latter term is indeed essentially the answer to the
question. In other words, it is only once the question has been
fundamentally answered that the inadequacy of the term profit itself becomes

I only point this out because it could be said that every sort of
"exploitation" generates profit, whereas that is not so in the case of


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