Marxism in rich countries

Barry Stoller bstoller at
Thu Jun 7 22:07:56 MDT 2001

David Welch: You're claiming that circulation workers receive more than
the value of  their labour power in pay? This not at all the same as
saying that circulation work doesn't produce surplus value.

What I am saying is that circulation workers do not produce value. They
REALIZE value, the value that was created in the production process. (I
see a distinction in Marx between producing and realizing value.) What
circulation workers receive is some of the value production workers
create. The cost of their labor, objectified and living, is, following
Marx (and, later, Mandel) a 'deduction' from the costs of production.
Thus (unintentional) parasitism.


Barry Stoller

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