[Marxism] Two corrections
tzsche at shaw.ca
Sat Dec 11 13:16:15 MST 2004
Congratulations, Jurriaan! You are a standing refutation of that old
American quip: "you can alway tell a Dutchman, but you can't tell him
very much." This probably applies to us Germans, too!
Jurriaan Bendien wrote:
> 1. I wrote previously:
> ''As you can see, the value of the assets owned by the world's commercial
> banks is estimated to be larger than the total mass of the world's total
> This is not quite correct, since the statistic only refers to the
> share capital of publicly listed companies - not all companies which
> issue shares of various kinds are necessarily listed on the
> stockmarket, and those companies listed may also utilise other types
> of equities which are not listed. Therefore, the total equity capital
> is really larger that total stock market capitalisation, although the
> latter would be the bulk of it.
> 2. Also, Louis brought to my attention that the English East India
> Company was actually officially founded in 1600 challenging the Dutch
> traders and Portuguese Estado da India, whereas the United Dutch East
> India Company was founded in 1602. Thus, the EEIC was in fact
> officially started slightly earlier than the UDEIC (which merged 8
> proto-companies that in 1595-1602 had sent 65 ships to Asia). The
> Danish East India Company was started in 1616, the French East India
> Company was founded in 1664 (after a failed 1611 attempt), and the
> Swedish one in 1731.
> However, the UDEIC nevertheless does technically appear to have been
> the first joint-stock company (cf. http://www.oldest-share.com/ ).
> For Marx's comments on the EEIC see:
> More references at: http://www.uc.pt/bd.apm/bd.htm
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