The most constant variable

Chris Burford cburford at gn.apc.org
Sat Oct 7 17:07:34 MDT 1995


On Fri 22nd Sept I proposed


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the most important variable that remains constant is 
the total sum of exchange value created by all the 
commodity producing labour in the world.
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A friendly private post suggested the relative lack of response 
might be because the statement was counterintuitive and it might 
be helpful to explain why it is useful. So:


"They have a world to win."

"Our demands most moderate are, we only want the earth!"

Even when amended in this age of ecological awareness, these statements
are about socialising the total mass of human economic activity. 

Dead labour must yield to living labour. Constant capital must
yield to the needs of variable capital. Especially, international 
finance capital must be made answerable to the collective needs 
of all working people. Only with this perspective can we overcome
the unemployment of 30% of the world's labour force, and place 
production in a socially responsible framework.

One of the targets of the international movement is therefore the 
effective capture of the International Monetary Fund.

We need a global framwork which allows us to analyse distribution 
of total exchange value between constant and variable, and between
technologically rich countries and technologically poor countires

The old call remains fundamentally true:

Workers of all countries unite!

Chris B, London.




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