Unequal Exchange

wpc at cs.strath.ac.uk wpc at cs.strath.ac.uk
Mon Jan 30 10:36:59 MST 1995


	While this is theoretically true, capitalism creates labor markets
that are so far from efficiaent that it is moot to the real dynamic here.
The "pre-capitalist" agricultural worker does his job as the feudal society
in which he lives allows him to do it.  He does not need to produce more
before he earns more, he needs to take back what he earns.  THEN, he will
naturally move immediately to more efficient methods as that is the very
purpose of his labor.  It is not the thrid world agricultural WORKER that has
anything invested in his antiquated methods, it is his boss.
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Since when have efficient labour markers done anything but hold down
wages?
The third world agricultural worker, even in areas of africa where no
feudal relations exist, is dirt poor because she lacks means of production.
It is only acquisition of these that can change her situation.

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	Perhaps we are not appreciating your point.  What is your solution to
the plight of the third world proletariat ?   How do you see him increasing
his income ?  What is the role of the social relations under which he lives,
in you view ?
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My point against anti-imperialism, was that it had outlived its historical
role with the destruction of the empires. The alternatives now are either
capitalist development or socialist development. Anti-imperialism as a slogan
obscures this by diverting attention from production relations to
the relations between states. I think that only by establishing socialism
can the workers in any country, developed or not, significantly improve
their lot in society.

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