[OPE-L:814] Re: Digression (Wages)

Paul Cockshott (wpc@clyder.gn.apc.org)
Fri, 19 Jan 1996 13:24:10 -0800

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In the U.S., we often see studies showing that Afro-Americans have
lower wages than whites. However, if the consumption of the former
group is different than that of the latter, then it may well be that
capitalists garner more surplus value from white workers than from
Afro-Americans since the labor embodied in the goods whites consume
may be far less than that consumed by Afro-Americans. The whites
may well be the super-exploited as they consume less embodied labor.

Do you have any evidence at all for this, or is it a hypothesis
on the level that I might just be the rightful heir to the
Russian throne.