[OPE-L:2616] slaves and value

From: Asfilho@aol.com
Date: Tue Mar 28 2000 - 00:26:18 EST

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Chai-on says:

[the slave] does not add value but [the wage worker] does because [slave
labor] is not the kind of abstract labor in that the free versatility of
labor is not adapted by the slaves themselves.

(a) I am not clear about the meaning of this sentence

(b) does it imply that *commodity* producing slaves (US South, Brazil, etc,
until C19th) were *not* producing value - simply because they were not free -
ie, the legal relationship between owner and slave determines the content of
the labour process?


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