From: Paul Cockshott (wpc@DCS.GLA.AC.UK)
Date: Wed Jan 26 2005 - 08:31:57 EST
One can, given the relevant statistics, look at things like `1. the value of the real wage - number of hours required to make it 2. changes in the value of specific commodities across space and time - a kilo of rice for example 3. changes in the rate of surplus value across space and time -----Original Message----- From: OPE-L [mailto:OPE-L@SUS.CSUCHICO.EDU] On Behalf Of Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM Sent: 26 January 2005 13:17 To: OPE-L@SUS.CSUCHICO.EDU Subject: [OPE-L] commensurability of value > The reason is that without value there is no commensurability of > different capitalist systems across space or through time, making > general laws, so general science, impossible. Andy: How _exactly_ *with a concept of value* is there commensurability across space and time? How e.g. is value created in Germany in 1860 made commensurable with value created in Japan in the 1990's? In solidarity, Jerry PS: > In everyday life > we all believe value exists - e.g. we don't stare bemused when we are > told the GDP growth of a nation - but the Sraffian argument purports to > refute this existence. I'll put this to the test: next time I see Gary I'll mention US GDP and see if he blankly stares off into space.
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