This paper argues that exploitation is a form of domination, domination for self-enrichment. In a slogan, exploitation is a dividend of servitude—a benefit the powerful extract by converting the vulnerable into their servants. The paper argues that what makes exploitation wrong is that it constitutes domination-induced unilateral service to others; that this form of servitude is necessarily cashed out in terms of labour time or effort; that competing accounts of exploitation fail to do justice to the servitude dimension; and that what distinguishes capitalism historically is the way it reproduces a structural dilemma between dominated work and no work.

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Keywords egalitarianism, Exploitation, John Roemer, Karl Marx
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Journal Review of Social Economy
Vrousalis, N. (Nicholas). (2019). How exploiters dominate. Review of Social Economy. doi:10.1080/00346764.2019.1618483