Revisiting value and exploitation

Revisiting value and exploitation (June, 2011) (llco.org) When her father died in 1883 Eleanor Marx wrote an article celebrating her father’s achievements. At the heart of these was “his theory of value, by which Marx explains the origin and the continued accumulation of capital in the hands of a, thereby, privileged class.” (1) What was …

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Comments on Agriculture and Food in Crisis

Comments on Agriculture and Food in Crisis (2010, Monthly Review Press) ed. by Fred Magdoff and Brian Tokar. (llco.org) In the period between 2006 and 2008, a world food crisis emerged. Agriculture and Food in Crisis (2010, Monthly Review Press) is an anthology of articles describing the causes and effects of this crisis. The collection …

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It’s still important to oppose book worship

It’s still important to oppose book worship (llco.org) Mao criticized and mocked those who had a metaphysical, dogmatic approach to books and knowledge: “Whatever is written in a book is right — such is still the mentality of culturally backward Chinese peasants. Strangely enough, within the Communist Party there are also people who always say …

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On gender

On gender (llco.org) A big part of communism is the elimination of gender oppression. Women have been stomped on and trampled on by men for tens of thousands of years. In much of the world, women are treated as property. It is time to turn the tables. It’s time for total revolution. However, we have …

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Molotov, MIM, Dogma, and Stalin’s support for Israel

Molotov, MIM, Dogma, and Stalin’s support for Israel (llco.org) Stalin was a great socialist leader, but it is important to tell the truth about his mistakes. Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov was a high-ranking, important member of Stalin’s regime. Today’s Stalinists occasionally choose him as their favorite candidate to have succeeded Stalin in  “what if” fantasy histories. …

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Which side are you on?

Which side are you on? (llco.org) There are many characteristics of the New Power of the Leading Light, the Dictatorship of the Proletariat.  The New Power is the collection of revolutionary institutions created to replace the Old Power, the bourgeois state, institutions of civil society, etc. Leading Light states: “Marx wrote that the old society …

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Global Inequality Versus Socialist Equality

  [This is an old article that was originally published about 5-7 years ago. It shows some of the development of our political economy.] Global Inequality Versus Socialist Equality (llco.org) An approach to economics centered on equality as a regulative idea is in no way contrary to approaches that center around the mechanics of exploitation. It …

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