[OPE-L:2436] Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: the employment contract and capitalism

From: Prof. Ernesto Screpanti (screpanti@unisi.it)
Date: Mon Feb 28 2000 - 09:58:29 EST

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Riccardo wrote in [2405]
>Also the employer (as a single person) does not have any freedom. However,
>while it is true that the worker gives up his power to determine the means
>and goals of his activity, the employer must secure that actually in the
>labour process the labourer works according to the capitalist command.

I agree.

>>The obbligation to obedience is established by the contract, is legitimised
>>by the law of labour, is enforced by a repression system (police forces
>>etc.). controlled by the state. When there is the obbligation, the
>>legitimation and the enforcement system, then there are the conditions for
>>a real subordination. When the employers exert their commands there is a
>>real subordination.
>I agree if you add in the last phrase: When the employers ARE ABLE TO exert
>their commands etc. In that ability to exert lies all the importance of the
>critique of political economy, i.e. the Marxian analysis of the real
>subordination of labour to capital (INSIDE the production process).

Perfectly agreed.



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