Surplus Value
a network for Australian Marxian thinkers and activists
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Welcome to the Surplus Value website

Surplus Value is a project of The Praxis Network, a loose community of Marxian thinkers and activists from around Australia.  Our initial plan is to build a viable and useful network amongst ourselves.  We also trust that others may be interested in joining in this project.  To carry this out, we have established this website and an email group for discussions and debate. We also publish a journal (currently annually).

Latest Additions to our site.

May 2015
External Articles:
A Timeline for Anniversaries

April 2015
External Articles:
Marx and the Machine

Boer Concentration Camps
Supply of Raw Materials

Serf or Slave

 4th January, 2015
Humphrey McQueen site:
see latest articles on that site, eg:
May Day 2013 Speech
Individualism - the threat it poses
Healthcare is not a product
Eureka Day Speech 2013
Bust the Business Councils Budget 2014

BIS Annual Report 2014 - Notes
Defending Liberty in Wartime - Dec 1917

Bragg in Adelaide

The dialectics of Finance

Robots and Constant Capital
The Railways and Capitalism
Open Letter - anti-racism

                  External Articles:
The BLF - Never Powerless

Geneology of the term "Terra Nullius"
Mineral Rents
Factory Discipline in the Industrial Revolution
Bank of International Settlements
LIBOR Explained
 BLF - Lessons for the 21st Century
Fair Value Accounting
Professing In-Equality
Financial Sytem - Current Notes
Poem - The Shopper -(Brecht)



Our aims are threefold - to:

  • reintroduce class as fundamental to developing political understanding and strategy, particularly for the labour movement to respond to current strategies and tactics of capital in a globalised world.

  • reintroduce a materialist approach to our own history and into everyday political practice.

  • bring a dialectical approach to our political activity, so that strategies are based on the lives and experiences of everyday Australian people - both workers, and those currently dependent on social security – rather than on a dogmatic assertion of “political truths”.

Image above:"In a paired series of mural-like canvases, titled “Builders” and “Pastimes”, the French painter and Communist Fernand Leger (1881-1955) depicted scaffolders as acrobats and circus performers as collective workers. Here, creativity appears as work while work is represented as art, in a world where both jobs and play enrich human capacities. Leger portrayed “new-fangled” human beings, reliant on each other and hence unafraid of machinery or frameworks of steel. For a glimpse of what work should look like, consider the joy in Leger’s paintings." (John Berger, Permanent Red, Methuen , London , 1960, pp. 121-25. )



Please Note:
this web site is still under development, so please be patient if there is no content on some of the pages. Please contact us via the email address if you find any problems or have any suggestions to make.