[OPE-L:6903] value-form and slavery

From: Asfilho@aol.com
Date: Fri Apr 05 2002 - 05:03:00 EST

I like a lot of the things that Rakesh says in [6902], with respect to 
slavery and value-form. Perhaps one way to link the two strands of the debate 
is through the following question:

--Is slave labour *abstract labour*? If so, under what circumstances (i.e., 
more generally, what makes labour *abstract*); if not, how is this compatible 
with the obvious fact that slaves in the New World produced commodities for 
the world market?

This question was raised by Duncan in [3270], a long time ago - but he raised 
it as a *question*, and no clear answer was provided by the debate on the 


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