In Chapter Eleven, "Dead Labor-Literally: (Another) Crisis in the Bracero Program," Mitchell further extends the idea of "dead labor," which for Marx entails labour power
"congealed" in a commodity, to consider the material consequences of the bracero program, including literal deaths of braceros.
The result was a dynamic market for labour power
in which waged employment overlapped with 'a relatively redundant population of workers; that is to say a population larger than suffices for the average needs of the self-expansion of capital--in short, a surplus population' (Marx, 1939: 695).
Marx explained this commodity/non-commodity attribute of labour via a distinction between the value of labour power
and the value created by labour.
When all is said and done, our labour power
is the most important - and, in some cases the only - thing which workers possess.
She may also be unaware that the Labour power
is supported by 40 Scottish MPs who can vote on English matters, but we have no say on Scottish matters.
Since 1974 Newcastle has been a bastion of Labour power
in the North even during the 18 years of Tory Governments, it enjoyed massive majorities.
Another Midland MP thought to be a contender for chairman, who was opposed by Labour power
brokers, was Mr Mark Fisher (Lab Stoke-on-Trent Central).
But the separation of some people from the means of production serves as a reminder that labour power
is a factor of production along with other material factors.
This book is also valuable for what it reveals about the decline of labour power
in the immediate post-war period.
In other words, people established some form of collective organisation (such as families, clans and societies) so that the collective labour power
of the groups, combined with the 'natural instruments of production' (such as the earth, water, air, oceans, soil, minerals, plants and animals, all of which Marx and Engels call 'land'), would produce the food, shelter, clothing and other requirements that were necessary to perpetuate the lives of the members of society and also perpetuate the particular organisation of the society itself.
Their capacity to exercise their labour power
may be more fully engaged, as they escape unemployment or underemployment in their home countries, but the terms of this engagement are circumscribed.
Indeed, given that the whole objective of the new structure was to entrench Labour power
in the region, there is a strong temptation to urge you to go out and vote for any other party.