Valorisation and its consequences in 1861-63

There are two tendencies which constantly cut across one another; to employ aslittle labour as possible, in order to produce the same or a greater quantity of commodities, in order to produce the same or a greater NET PRODUCE, SURPLUS VALUE, NET REVENUE; secondly, to employ the largest possible number of workers (although as few as possible in proportion to the quantity of commodities produced by them), because — at a given level of productive power — the mass of SURPLUS VALUE and of SURPLUS PRODUCE grows with the amount of labour employed. The one tendency throws the labourers on to the streets and makes a part of the POPULATION REDUNDANT, the other absorbs them again and extends WAGE SLAVERY absolutely, so that the lot of the worker is always fluctuating but he never escapes from it. The worker, therefore, justifiably regards the development of the productive power of his own labour as hostile to himself; the capitalist, on the other hand, always treats him as an element to be eliminated from production.”

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