[Marxism] Social versus Technical Division of Labour

Peggy Dobbins pegdobbins at gmail.com
Sun Nov 24 20:05:56 MST 2013


Thanks Shaun,  looks like you made a genuine effort to see what I'm trying to suggest.  I'll study your critique of my interpretation.  

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On Nov 24, 2013, at 7:54 PM, shaun may <mnwps at hotmail.com> wrote:

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> Hello Peggy
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> The style of your presentation of the posting appeared to me to be idiosyncratic. Never mind. Perhaps others will agree or disagree. It is the content which is more important. I need more time to give your further postings a more considered response which I will in due course. 
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> Quickly looking through your posting you write that "Marx barely touches on Social Surplus". Your category of "social surplus" does not describe the total annual surplus value (s) because you write that this social surplus is the difference between labour time added (v + s) and labour time of others 'consumed' (v + partial s). In other words, according to your deduction here, this category of 'social surplus' is essentially that part of the surplus value which is accumulated as capital. This means the terms total surplus value and total social surplus are not interchangeable - according to your conception - as you assert later in the posting. 
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> Marx analyses the production and circulation of the total annual surplus value as part of the production and circulation of the total social capital in volumes 2 and 3 of Capital. And how this total surplus value is sub-divided and distributed in the course of circulation either as revenue or as the augmentation of the value of capital in accumulation. What you call 'monetised unpaid labour time', I refer to as 'profit'. Marx writes that the total annually produced surplus value is equivalent to the total annual profit as the monetary realisation of this total surplus value. 
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> I hope you don't mind if I take a look at your referenced work on bigMac sometime later. I will endeavour to address its contents in due course.
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> With fraternal best wishes
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> Shaun May
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