Re: [OPE-L] simple reproduction

From: Rakesh Bhandari (bhandari@BERKELEY.EDU)
Date: Mon Apr 02 2007 - 12:05:48 EDT

To stipulate what would have to be the material interchange between
the two departments to maintain a value equilibrium in simple
reproduction assumes that the material characteristics of goods can
be either be overlooked or shaped by the demands of value
equilibrium. It  assumes that the force of value equilibrium could
somehow force the machines (as you have put it) to stagger their
vintages such that only a few are physically used up and come up for
replacement every year. It's as if the demands of value equilibrium
would only allow the same small number of machines to be replaced
each year.
As you put it, this can only be a convenient assumption.

  To treat the assumption as more than that is to make value theory
idealist in that it either ignores or abstracts from the material or
use value characteristics of fixed capital goods.

This seems to be Marx's point;  his method of analysis is to consider
the problems of dual proportioning of value and use value in
reproduction, which means he is studying social reproduction by means
of labor in both its abstract and concrete effects.

The dual nature of labor is the pivot of his system.  But this seems
to have escaped many commentators on Marx.


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