Re: Re: 'Labor Market Dynamics Within Rival Macroeconomic Frameworks'

From: michael a. lebowitz (mlebowit@SFU.CA)
Date: Wed Dec 31 2003 - 18:14:56 EST

At 16:00 30/12/2003, Ian wrote:

>Yes class struggle can play a role in systemic explanations. But the
>distinction I
>was trying to make was between explanations that are rooted in the objective
>relations of production that generate unintended consequences (e.g.,
>income distribution, and, hypothetically, the relative shares in national
>compared to explanations rooted in conscious, goal-directed activity that
>generate intended consequences (e.g., labour organisation to defend

I don't understand how income distribution can be separated from class
struggle. Is the suggestion that workers' wages are independent of their
struggles (eg., the formation of trade unions)? What exactly do you mean by
'the objective relations of production' that generate income distribution?
And, can you find a basis in Marx or Engels for this separation?
         in solidarity,

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Economics Department
Simon Fraser University
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