Does the labor theory mean that more people will make us rich?

Jurriaan Bendien J.Bendien at
Tue Dec 3 13:02:18 MST 2002

The Pope doesn't agree at all with Marx's theory. In the Critique of the
Gotha Programme, Marx insists that: "Labor is not the source of all wealth.
Nature is just as much the source of use values (and it is surely of such
that material wealth consists!) as labor, which itself is only the
manifestation of a force of nature, human labor power."

Demography is a rather neglected area in Marxist thought, including Marxist
economics, where population growth is often not considered in crisis
theories. Why this is so is a moot point, perhaps it has to do with the sex
lives of Marxist scholars ?

In Capital Volume 1, Marx wrote "The maintenance and reproduction of the
working class is, and must ever be, a necessary condition of the
reproduction of capital. But the capitalist may safely leave its fulfillment
to the labourer's instincts of self-preservation and of propagation" (Moscow
translation; this is not quite correct, but I don't have the original

The second assertion made here by Marx is simply false. At no time have the
ruling classes be disinterested in the "labourer's instincts of propagation"
or population growth for that matter, and state policies have typically
tried to regulate the moral life of the working classes - this is more true
these days than ever.

The Pope's dribbling apology for rejecting the use of contraception,
sterilisation and abortion is evil and reactionary.


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