Economía marxista para el Siglo XXI

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.

20th July 2011
Union Songs website link over 750 songs and poems, half of them Australian
1st June 2011
Surplus from Mining workers an article in AFR on the sales produced by each mining worker
12th April 2011
Gramsci resources a link to a comprehensive website on Gramsc
10th April 2011
Latrobe Valley stike in 1977 – a video by Peter Gray entitled “Know your Friends, Know your Enemies”. Also
The Battle for Bowen Hills,
a successful community struggle against government plans for a freeway through Bowen Hills, Brisbane.

8th April, 2011
A rap on the UK Health System
an entertaining rap on destruction of the UK health suystem by Minister Andrew Lansley

20th February 2011
Chinese Crackers – a detailed analysis by hUmphrey McQueen of the political economy of the so-called “Chinese miracle”.
January 2011
Wilileaks and People’s Struggle – a speech given by Humphrey McQueen at a Wikileaks rally in Canberra in Dec 2010

20th December 2010
Women of the Coal Rushes – a review of this recent book on women’s role in the coal mining industry in Qld -a must read
30th November 2010
Clive Palmers Christmas Present – a response to millionaire businessman Clive Palmer and his exposition of how surplus value operates in practice!
10th October 2010
Kasama – a new Phillipine site li of general interest to marxists, leninists, revolutionary socialists, anarchists etc!
24th July 2010
Marxist-Humanist Initiative – a new US site link.
24th July 2010
Leftside – a new book of poetry by retired Brisbane meatworker Jim Sharp. A special Book launch is to be on Saturday 31st July at the TLC in Brisbane at 3:00pm
30th June 2010
Killard an article by Humphrey McQueen on Julia Gillard – charge sheet for treason against the class of her birth.
5th June 2010
Spiegel Online a link to an article on the rapid speculative price rises in iron ore – driven by multinational mining companies in Aust. and the finance empire behind them…, and of relevance to the current mining “super-profits tax” debate.
20th May 2010
Don Wilson an article on the mining superprofits tax and the need to campaign in support of it.
16th May 2010
Humphrey McQueen an 1980s article on taxes and welfare for the mining industry. Extracted from his 1981 book “Gone tomorrow”



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.


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