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surplus value

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  1. (in Marxian economics) the part of the value of a commodity that exceeds the cost of labor, regarded as the profit of the capitalist.
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Origin of surplus value

First recorded in 1885–90
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  • Since IIc amounts to only 1,430, it is necessary to take 70 from the surplus-value.

    The Accumulation of Capital

    Rosa Luxemburg

  • By surplus-value (Mehrwert) the author means all that is produced above and beyond the bare necessities of life.

    The New Society

    Walther Rathenau

  • They must content themselves with what Kropotkine has taught them about Marx's "surplus-value."

    Anarchism and Socialism

    George Plechanoff

  • Its purely economic deductions are dominated throughout by the theory of surplus-value.

  • Deducting these there remains the net or surplus-product, in which the surplus-value lies.