The Higher Rates of Surplus Value Through Commercial Exploitation

  • Ali KadriEmail author


This chapter argues that surplus value creation in the Arab world, which is integrated with world capital via militarism, is higher than East Asia’s, which is integrated via super-exploitation. The Arab world exhibits higher rates of surplus value creation relative to its population because the rate of premature elimination of human lives in war is a far higher rate of surplus value creation than that of the slow consumption of labour power in East Asian sweatshops. In the actuality of production morphed into the class struggle and war, the notions of productive and unproductive labour are internalized and negated and value is that portion of total labour consumed in production. The premature extinguishing of lives in war as production, albeit of waste, is an accelerated form of the consumption of total labour power available to society.


Productivity growth Surplus value Commercial exploitation Super exploitation Class struggle 


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  1. 1.National University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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