Re: [OPE-L] workers' consumption and capitalists' consumption

From: glevy@PRATT.EDU
Date: Sat Jun 03 2006 - 12:14:28 EDT

> So the value of workers' and capitalists' consumption does not transfer
> to the commodity produced?

Hi Phil,

The value of the goods consumed by the working class is, in a sense,
"transferred" to the value of labour power. The "commodity produced" is
labour-power. Consider the simple case of food.  Without food, the value
of labour power is diminished to the point where it is nil (where workers
are unable to labor because of a lack of energy).  In that sense, the
value of consumption goods is required to "maintain" (reproduce) the value
of the commodity labour-power because without that value then the
use-value of labour would diminish.

In solidarity, Jerry

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