Re: [OPE-L] Buying time?

From: Jerry Levy (Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM)
Date: Tue May 16 2006 - 16:03:16 EDT

> Curiously, when the presenter asks the experts at the end of the programme
> whether - given that everything is up for sale these days - it would be
> possible to buy time, the experts said "no" !!!


What are some examples of where time _itself_ is bought and sold?

If you are referring to the employment contract between capitalists
and wage-workers, then what is being bought and sold is not time
itself.  Rather it constitutes an agreement that workers _work_ during
a particular period a time (i.e. they are at the command of capital
during working hours).  To refer to "labor time" as if it was just a
dimension of time misses this point and misses the point about time
_itself_ being a dimension.

Those who are self-employed, also, do not really sell time as such.
Rather, if they are selling a labor service, they make an agreement to
labor in some concrete form during a particular period of time in
exchange for money.

In solidarity, Jerry

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