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Sep
12

Expanding Value

Ruby 9/18/12 I found this particular excerpt thought-provoking:

“In capitalist societies, the goal is making profit, the expansion of money value, rather than the pleasure of using or consuming the commodities acquired through the exchange.  In capitalist societies, value is continually being transformed from money into commodities and then back into a larger sum of money; value becomes capital by virtue of the fact that it is involved in the process of expanding, of creating extra value.  However, there is only one commodity that can actually create extra value:  human labor power.”

Perhaps we need to expand the concept of capitalism with an expanded view of value. We know that expanding money value in a vacuum is not working. Integrating consciousness and measures beyond profit ensures that value expands to include such things as making a difference in people’s lives and being respectful of ALL resources.  When we view value from this view point, we are able to incorporate a concept of expansion that serves all of humanity, yet fundamentally rests on right use of individual power.  

Capital + integrity = Profit with increased human power as an exponential

On Sep 11, 2012, at 1:37 PM, Cindy Leinweber <cindyaleinweber@earthlink.net> wrote:
I’d appreciate any insights you have.

Civilization and Its Discontents:The Archeology of Capitalism 
The price we pay for our advance in civilization is a loss of happiness ~Sigmund Freud
It is hard to call capitalism successful, when two-thirds of the world’s people live in poverty.  (Placard in Guadalajara Mexico)
The drive to political accumulation, to state holding, is the precapitalist analogue to the capitalist drive to accumulate capital. Robert Brenner The state is the distinctive collective misrepresentation of capitalist societies… It is a bid to elicit support for or tolerance of the insupportable and intolerable by presenting them as something other than themselves, namely legitimate, disinterested domination.  The study of the state, seen thus, would begin with the cardinal activity involved in the presentation of she state:  the legitimating of the illegitimate ~ Philip Abrams
Capitalism as an economic system is concerned with the production and sale of commodities in markets.  Commodities are goods that are produced for sale rather than use by the people who made them.  The roots of modern capitalism lie in the sixteenth century with the expansion of commerce and markets that eventually enveloped the entire world.   Commercial or merchant capital is different from the barter, or traffic in goods, that occurred, and still takes place among precapitalist communities.  In these societies the circulation of goods is aimed at the satisfaction of wants or needs.  In capitalist societies, the goal is making profit, the expansion of money value, rather than the pleasure of using or consuming the commodities acquired through the exchange.  In capitalist societies, value is continually being transformed from money into commodities and then back into a larger sum of money; value becomes capital by virtue of the fact that it is involved in the process of expanding, of creating extra value.  However, there is only one commodity that can actually create extra value:  human labor power.
“Archaeology   The Historical Development of Civilizations”Author – Thomas C. Patterson
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