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Glenn Rikowski


Dr. Glenn Rikowski, School of Education, University of Northampton

Guest Lecture to the Teacher Education Research Group

Glenn Rikowski will talk about Capital in a Crisis of Higher Education, and Higher Education in a Crisis of Capital

22nd March 2012, 5.00pm, The Cass School of Education and Communities, Room 2.02, University of East London, Water Lane, London E15 4LZ

“Capitalist production is not merely the production of commodities, it is essentially the production of surplus-value. The labourer produces, not for himself, but for capital. It no longer suffices, therefore, that he should simply produce. He must produce surplus-value. That labourer alone is productive, who produces surplus-value for the capitalist, and thus works for the self-expansion of capital. If we may take an example from outside the sphere of production of material objects, a schoolmaster is a productive labourer, when, in addition to belabouring the heads of his scholars, he works like a horse to enrich the school proprietor. That the latter has laid out his capital in a teaching factory, instead of a sausage factory, does not alter the relation. Hence the notion of a productive labourer implies not merely a relation between work and useful effect, between labourer and product of labour, but also a specific, social relation of production, a relation that has sprung up historically and stamps the labourer as the direct means of creating surplus-value. To be a productive labourer is, therefore, not a piece of luck, but a misfortune” (Karl Marx, Capital, Volume I).


UPDATE, 5th March 2014: The paper can now be downloaded from Academia. There are many other of my papers there too. See:



‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon:

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon:

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Call for Papers

Exploitation: conceptual, normative and political perspectives

Manchester Workshops in Political Theory, August 31 – September 2, 2011

Charges of exploitation are levelled on a daily basis against different agents in different contexts: trade and market exchanges, work relationships, as well as personal relationships. Although the concept of exploitation has been central to the Marxist critique of capitalism, the pervasiveness of exploitation has also received attention by non-Marxist political philosophers.

This workshop will attack three main questions: first, what exactly constitutes exploitation, second, whether exploitation is best conceived as necessarily involving a transgression of rights, justice or fairness and, third, whether (the best account of) exploitation can still function as a tool for effective social critique, from personal relationships (such as the family) to economic structures (such as the mode of production).

Our aim is a rigorous treatment of the conceptual, normative and political intricacies of exploitation. We welcome papers that contribute to this aim, including work in analytic philosophy, analytic sociology and normative political science.

Please send an abstract, by May 31st, to the workshop convenors, Adina Preda and Nicholas Vrousalis, at:


‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: (recording) and (live)

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