Re: [OPE-L] The Accountant in End Times

From: Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM
Date: Mon Oct 03 2005 - 08:05:25 EDT

Hi Phil:

> Are you saying that use-value is constitutive of value in the sense that
> an invisible value tag is tied to the use-value with non-material string?

No, I am simply making what I took to be an uncontroversial point:
the 'being' of value requires the presence of use-value, i.e. without
use-value, there is no value.

> And that the magnitude of value so attached is fixed for ever?

Certainly not.  Use-value is a pre-condition and constituent form
of value.  It does not itself fix the magnitude of value.  But,  if
a commodity was presumed to have value and is later shown not
to have use-value, then the lack of use-value can "un-fix" the
magnitude of the value of the product.

> That
> would seem to make value a property of the use-value.

Use-value, like value and exchange-value, is a social property
of the commodity.

In solidarity, Jerry

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