An Abiding Interest in Ambiguities of Surplus Value By S. Artesian

6 July 2016 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

A friend, who runs the RedMarx forum has suggested using that forum as a common platform by all of us who think we know some thing about Marx somewhat different than some things some others know about Marx.  

Anyway, I’m game, and I thought I take the opportunity to indulge my sense of Marx’s ambiguities in the explorations of surplus value.  So what’s posted below is also posted over there

I recommend that you, the reader, presuming I have readers, take up the thread, if deemed worthwhile, of ambiguity over there at RedMarx….just to see what happens.  Of course, you are free to respond here, or not respond at all. 

S. Artesian  July 6, 2016

Marx states that relative surplus value can only be amplified by reducing the value of the necessities making up the wage, and thus reducing the value of the wage itself in the reproduction of capital.
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BLACK AGENDA REPORT for July 6, 2016: Deray A Made Man at Aspen, Sellers: Hitman for Hillary Israel & Wall Street, Repubs Reject Trump

6 July 2016 — Black Agenda Report

New This Week at Black Agenda Report

Made Man in a Blue Vest: Deray McKesson Is Debutante At Aspen One-Percenters Coming Out Party

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Deray McKesson, a Teach For America trojan horse who inserted himself into the Black Lives Matter Movement was one of the panelists at the Aspen Institutes’s annual “ideas festival,” a social event where one percenters showcase their current crop of “thought leaders.” For the dude in the blue vest it was a kind of debutante ball, one of the official coming out parties that mark him as one of corporate America’s made men.

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Safe in Police hands?

6 July 2016 — Big Brother Watch

How Police Forces suffer 10 data breaches every week and still want more of your data.

A Big Brother Watch Report July 2016

Safe in Police hands? shows that between June 2011 and December 2015 there were at least 2,315 data breaches conducted by police staff. Over 800 members of staff accessed personal information without a policing purpose and information was inappropriately shared with third parties more than 800 times. Specific incidents show officers misusing their access to information for financial gain and passing sensitive information to members of organised crime groups. 

Download the PDF: Safe-in-Police-Hands.pdf

‘They’re Making Racism and Xenophobia Into a Legitimate Voice’

6 July 2016 — FAIR

Janine Jackson interviewed Joe Macaré about the Brexit vote for the July 1, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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Category: Audio, Europe, UK | LEAVE A COMMENT

Video: Narrative of Brexit ‘Leave’ Voters as Racist and Anti-Immigrant Ignores Real Anti-Austerity Sentiment

5 July 2016 — TRNN

Economist Michael Hudson argues that a vote for Europe is not a vote for socialism, but for a very right-wing, hard right, corporatist Europe where the laws will be made by bureaucrats acting on behalf of the large financial centers Continue reading this...

Brexit and the return of European militarism

5 July 2016 — WSWS

The European Union has responded to the UK referendum vote to withdraw from the EU, and the resulting intensification of the political, economic and social crisis of Europe, by calling for the militarization of the continent and buildup of its internal security forces. Since the announcement of the result 11 days ago, a number of high-level foreign policy papers have been published that advocate the transformation of the EU into a military alliance with expanded powers of internal repression.

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The Silence of the “Progressive Left”: Brexit, Euro-Austerity and the Neoliberal T-TIP By Michael Hudson

4 July 2016 — CounterPunch

The media in the United States have treated the British vote against remaining in the European Union (EU) as if it is populist “Trumpism,” an inarticulate right-wing vote out of ignorance at being left behind by the neoliberal economic growth policy. The fact that Donald Trump happened to be in Scotland to promote his golf course helped frame the U.S. story that depicts the Brexit vote as a “Trump vs. Hillary” psychodrama – populist anger and resentment vs. intelligent policy.

What is left out of this picture is that there is a sound logic to oppose membership in the EU. It is Nigel Farage’s slogan, “Take Back Control.”

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Video: Will Brexit Lead to Grexit?

3 July 2016 — TRNN

Dimitri Lascaris says so-called leftist or socialist governments throughout the EU are engaging in self-immolation by embracing austerity, and then become wildly unpopular with the electorate (inc. transcript)

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Brexit and the Derivatives Time Bomb By Ellen Brown

1 July 2016 — Ellen Brown

Brexit could trigger a $500 trillion derivatives meltdown, by forcing the EU to allow insolvent member governments and banks to write down debt. Italy is in financial crisis and is already petitioning for that concession. How to avoid collapse of the massive derivatives house of cards? Alternatives are considered.

Sovereign debt – the debt of national governments – has ballooned from $80 trillion to $100 trillion just since 2008. Squeezed governments have been driven to radical austerity measures, privatizing public assets, slashing public services, and downsizing work forces in a futile attempt to balance national budgets. But the debt overhang just continues to grow.

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Black Agenda Report June 30, 2016: International House Negroes, Brexit As Good News, Say Her Name, Congressional “Sit-In”

30 June 2016 — Black Agenda Report

New This Week at Black Agenda Report

International House Negroes Defend European Union

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The international House Negro is a bi-product of 500 years of European plunder and conquest of the planet. When the European Union was threatened by the exit of Britain, “house Negroes of all colors on both sides of the Atlantic acted like their own worlds were coming to end.”

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Seven days in June By William Bowles

Video: French Labor Law, Brexit, and Greek Austerity: Class War Against European Workers

29 Jne 2016 — TRNN

Economist Richard Wolff says the old European elite believed it could fix their broken capitalism on the backs of the masses and that has proved to be a fatal mistake

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Media Lens: Killing Corbyn

29 June 2016 — Media Lens

The ‘Brexit’ referendum vote, split 52% to 48% in favour of leaving the European Union, has been exploited by the ‘mainstream’ media to launch yet another assault on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. ‘Impartial’ BBC News, directed by former Murdoch editor James Harding, has been one of the worst culprits.

Consider the wave of resignations of Labour shadow ministers which was heavily promoted in advance on the front page of the BBC News website: ‘ “Half” of Labour top team set to resign…the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg understands’. When the Labour resignations started to roll in, Kuenssberg could be heard virtually gloating over Corbyn’s predicament:

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In right-wing putsch, UK Labour MPs deliver overwhelming anti-Corbyn vote By Julie Hyland

29 June 2016 — WSWS

Fully 81 percent of the parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) supported Tuesday’s motion of no-confidence in leader Jeremy Corbyn. Just 40 Labour MPs voted against the motion, with 172 in favour. Thirteen did not vote at all and there were four spoilt ballots.

The extraordinary scale of the right-wing coup, which had already seen Corbyn lose most of his shadow cabinet in a series of timed resignations, was intended to force the Labour leader to resign. But in a statement put out moments after the result, Corbyn said that he had been elected “by 60 percent of Labour members and supporters” only last September, and “I will not betray them by resigning.”

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