Re: the real wage, and the production of surplus value

From: michael a. lebowitz (mlebowit@SFU.CA)
Date: Fri Dec 05 2003 - 11:50:40 EST

At 23:19 01/12/2003 -0800, ajit wrote:

>This is elementary. Suppose your money is silver. Now
>twice the amount of silver is produced in the same
>amount of direct and indirect labor time. Thus the
>value of the same money wage (let's say 5 pounds of
>silver) is half than what it was before. Similarly the
>value of all other goods have become half too. So now,
>given no value-price deviation, the given money wage
>will buy exactly the same amount of real goods and
>services, which in value terms will be simply half the
>value it used to have. The workers simply cannot buy
>double the amount of goods and services. The value of
>their given money wages have fallen exactly to the
>same proportion than the value of the real wage goods.
>So, where is the confusion? Cheers, ajit sinha
> >

When I asked why real wages would not rise as the result of productivity
increases in the production of wage goods, all other things equal, I  was
implicitly assuming no productivity increases in the production of the
money commodity (since I didn't think of that as a wage good). What if you
assumed that?
         in solidarity,

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