Re: [OPE-L] Marx's Theory of Rent

From: Paul Cockshott (wpc@DCS.GLA.AC.UK)
Date: Tue Feb 07 2006 - 11:21:16 EST

Jerry Levy wrote:

>Hi Paul C,
>OK (but note 'digression' from previous post, reproduced below).
>Is the price of soy on world markets determined by the costs of
>production of the least efficient soy producer?   That would be a
>landless impoverished peasant, right?
Do the landless impoverished peasants continue to produce soy for
the world market or can they only survive by subsistence rathern
than export based farming?

>In solidarity, Jerry
>>[Digression:  in the case of other agricultural producers, there are
>>cultural reasons why impoverished landowning peasants continue
>>to work the land even where they are receiving less than the average
>>wage -- let alone the average rate of profit.  One could project that
>>over the long-term (or less -- depending on the extent to which they
>>are impoverished) -- they would cease agricultural production and
>>join the ranks of the proletariat.  But, there is often a considerable
>>lag -- perhaps lasting more than one generation -- because of the
>>attachment that people have to place, community, culture, family ....
>>As I indicated, a lot depends on the _extent_ of their poverty.]

Paul Cockshott
Dept Computing Science
University of Glasgow

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