“A Marxist Theory From A Prisoners View”
Written by: Spencer Butler
On page 399 of Marx’s Capital III he states “the justice of the transactions between the agents of productions rests on the fact that the transactions arise as natural consequences from the conditions of production… slavery on the basis of capitalist production is unjust.”
On pages 189 & 470 of Marx’s Capital I and pages 44 & 444 of Capital II he states “free wage labor is the “basis”, the “starting point”, the “fundamental constitution”, the “specific character” of the capitalist mode of production.
On page 217 of Marx’s Interpretation of History by M.M. Baber he states “eager for employment, the idle are in competition with those in the active wage army; and the longer the reserve, the greater the competition, consequently, those employed are compelled to over work and to submit to any terms dictated by the capitalist. The over work deprives others of employment and swells the ranks of the reserve. The bargaining power of labor has much to do with wages, but the reserve army has much to do with breaking this power!”
On pages 264 &265 of Marx’s Wealth of Nations II he states “the proletariat (worker, laborer) is plagued by the industrial reserve army by increasing misery and by ravages of ever deepening depression. It is difficult to see how the masses so circumstanced can form a militant, intelligent unit. In the eyes of an environmentalist, especially a race of degraded wage slaves is not a race of world builders.”
The capitalist slave drivers here use the free labor and reserve workforce that Marx mentions to cause strife and violence between the inmates in the prison system and therefor causes a wage war that is fought over an invisible dream of privileges and approvals.
Inmates in the Texas Prison System Wage War are divided between aggravatedly sentenced inmates and non-aggravatedly sentenced inmates. Aggravatedly sentenced inmates qualify for parole after 25% of their sentences are completed while working for the Prison Industrial Complex
The prison system has enough of both inmates that they pit the non-aggravatedly sentenced inmates against the aggravatedly sentenced inmates with parole there for causing a wage war between inmates. The wage being parole.
If an aggravatedly sentenced inmate refuses to work they are placed in administrative confinement/segregation for no less than six months and a non-aggravatedly sentenced inmate is then placed in the job position previously held by the aggravatedly sentenced inmate, It seems the non-aggravatedly sentenced inmates are the reserve of the wage army Marx mentioned.
As long as the non-aggravatedly sentenced inmates continue to fill the void of the reserve wage army and continue to fill the void of the reserve wage army and continue to make millions to support, uphold, and build the capitalist prison system, the wage wars between inmates will continue.