Leftism, Theory

Labor Is Valuable, But Value Is Not Labor

Marx claims that labor is the source of all (economic) value, that value is labor and that its quantity is determined by socially necessary labor-time, and one hears Marxists parrot this claim endlessly. Part of it is because Marx said it, and part of it is because we're so ready to take Marx's word for it and… Continue reading Labor Is Valuable, But Value Is Not Labor

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Theory

Surplus, Nature, & The Nature of Surplus-Value and Property

Disclaimer: This essay does not present my personal views on property or value, nor is the concluding suggestion reflective of my own political stances. This was written in curiosity of what the basic thesis of exploitation and the claims on surplus lead to, and whether Marxists are being consistent with their end goals in making… Continue reading Surplus, Nature, & The Nature of Surplus-Value and Property

Leftism, Theory

Capitalism As Theological Idealism

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeW9zbenQiY Capital comes dripping from head to foot, from every pore, with blood and dirt. —Karl Marx, Capital Vol. 1, Ch. 36 From a human perspective, capitalism can be seen as evil on a level which in prior history was unthinkable: evil in an objective, impersonal, and emotionless sense. Capitalism as a system seems to rise… Continue reading Capitalism As Theological Idealism