[OPE-L:2638] Re: RE: Question for debate

From: Duncan K. Foley (foleyd@cepa.newschool.edu)
Date: Wed Mar 29 2000 - 22:45:05 EST

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But a slave working with the same technology and under the same conditions
must add the same value to the product as a wage worker, don't you think?


>Alfredo raised the question:
>Q): What is the difference, for Marx, between:
>(a) a machine
>(b) an animal
>(c) a slave
>(d) a wage worker
>supposing that all of them are employed by capital in the production of
>commodities? *Why* does each of them does/does not add value to
>the output.
>A): The questions are already replied by Marx, I think.
>1. (a), (b) & (c) are fixed capitals but (d) is a variable capital.
>2. (c) does not add value but (d) does because (c) is not the kind of
>abstract labor in that the free versatility of labor is not adapted by the
>slaves themselves.

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