(OPE-L) Re: Permanent Arms Economy

From: Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM
Date: Wed Nov 03 2004 - 13:00:29 EST

Rakesh wrote:

> Capital is not only directly destroyed, it is used up as a result of
> war time activity. It is not as Jerry says factories have to be
> bombed per se.  War consumes capital in two ways.

So, military goods are means of production which take the
form of constant capital?  Or, are the means of production
which are used to produce military goods constant capital?

If you mean the latter, then it is the case that when the use-value
of military goods is exhausted through being used during war
then the demand for replacement military goods grows.  This
presumes that corporations producing military goods which are
sold to the state increase (constant and variable) capital spending.

But, this is simply the using-up of commodity values.  Why
is it any more destructive of use-values than the process of
eating a sandwich?  OTOH, if a bomb is dropped on a factory
it is easy to understand why there is a  forcible destruction of
commodity values.

In solidarity, Jerry

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