Re: [OPE-L] basics vs. non-basics

From: clyder@GN.APC.ORG
Date: Thu Sep 29 2005 - 15:56:02 EDT

Quoting Rakesh Bhandari <bhandari@BERKELEY.EDU>:

> Just guessing: Too Scottish meaning taking individuated individuals
> as the starting point, rather than the social relations of labour
> which  appear as buying and selling commodity relations between those
> individuated individuals. Not understanding that cooperative social
> labour is ontologically fundamental, the Scottish Enlightenment
> thinker looks (fetishistically) for the source of value not in the
> invisible relations of social labor but in the material
> characteristics of the things themselves, e.g. its durable
> vendibility.
> ??? Just guessing.

That does look like just guessing, and I think, underestimates
Smith's grasp of historical materialism.

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