In reply to Rakesh's OPE-L 4922. He wrote: "I didn't understand your reply. I know that I have not convinced you, but am willing to leave it to others [to] resolve. ... I didn't understand your explanation of that either." Let me try again. Fred claims that, according to his interpretation of Marx, a change in technology will always lead to a change in production prices. I want to *test* that claim. Now what could I possibly mean by that? How can you test what someone believes? If they say they believe it, they believe it. Is that your problem? If so, I can easily clear it up. As I'm using the term "interpretation," it refers Fred's OVERALL interpretation of Marx's value theory, not his SPECIFIC claim that Marx held that a change in technology will always lead to a change in production prices. I do not challenge the fact that Fred believes the specific claim. What I am challenging is the notion that the specific claim is compatible with Fred's OVERALL interpretation. What I'm thus trying to test is whether the overall interpretation must always yield numerical results consistent with the specific claim. In other words, does the overall interpretation always yield numerical results such that a change in technology will always lead to a change in production prices? If you don't like my test, please tell me how you would test whether the specific claim is compatible with the overall interpretation. At the most fundamental level, the incompatibility stems from the contradiction between Fred holding that the cost price is "given," and his taking that back (with respect to UNIT prices) when he claims that the "given" cost price is revalued at post-production replacement costs. In a formal sense, there is no incompatibility here, because what Fred means by "given" is ONLY the sectoral monetary AGGREGATES, not the unit prices. But he forgets this and reasons *as if* his unit prices were given, rather than revalued retroactively. When he does so, he contradicts himself. You can have given input prices or you can have input prices simultaneously determined with output prices. You cannot have both. Andrew ("Drewk") Kliman Dept. of Social Sciences Pace University Pleasantville, NY 10570 USA phone: (914) 773-3968 fax: (914) 773-3951 Home: 60 W. 76th St. #4E New York, NY 10023 USA "The practice of philosophy is itself theoretical. It is the critique that measures the individual existence by the essence, the particular reality by the Idea."
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