Re: (OPE-L) Re: accumulation and de-accumulation of capital?

From: Paul Zarembka (zarembka@BUFFALO.EDU)
Date: Thu Apr 22 2004 - 14:02:12 EDT

Your answer leaves the field wide open for any all responses, no
delimitation of the issues at hand.  I'm unsure I have time to begin such
a process.  Paul

Vol.21-Neoliberalism in Crisis, Accumulation, and Rosa Luxemburg's Legacy
RESEARCH IN POLITICAL ECONOMY, Zarembka/Soederberg, eds, Elsevier Science

On Thu, 22 Apr 2004, Gerald A. Levy wrote:

> Hi Paul Z.
> [Jerry asked]
> > First, an abstract, hypothetical question:
> > Suppose the wages of productive workers has gone up by 10%
> > and there is an increase in v of 10%.  In this case,
> > the increase in v would not necessarily cause a increase in
> > the quantity of exploited workers.  Supposing also that c
> > goes up -- and thus c & v simultaneously rise -- would this
> > by your understanding represent an increase in the
> > accumulation of capital?
> [Paul Z replied]
> > You want to hold c/v, the organic composition of capital, fixed.
> I'm trying to clarify the conditions under which there can be an
> accumulation and de-accumulation of capital according to your
> definition. _I_ don't want the OCC to be fixed (and I don't think that's
> what happens ordinarily when there is an increase in the accumulation
> of capital).
> > But v
> > increasing confused a distribution question (s/v changing) with a
> > technological.  Can I answer you using c/(v+s), which avoid the
> > distributional qustion?
> I want clarification and dialogue so, sure,  I don't mind if you
> _begin_ by answering the question you would have preferred
> that I ask provided you then attempt to answer the question that
> I did ask, OK?
> (btw, I don't think that changes in s/v should be only seen as
> a distribution question.  Nor do I think that changes in the
> accumulation of capital are necessarily or only indications of
> technological changes.)
> In solidarity, Jerry

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