Re: [OPE-L] The Technically Necessary or Socially Necessary Question

From: paul cockshott (clyder@GN.APC.ORG)
Date: Thu Apr 12 2007 - 04:51:37 EDT

Hi Paul C:
So, you think that the value of labour power is also determined
by what is _technically_ necessary?
No - labour power is not a commodity produced under capitalist relations
Of production but an instance where the commodity form obscures what is
basically a distribution of income between classes. The mechanisms
regulating the class distribution of income are different from those
regulating the prices of commodities.
I think you missed the import of Howard's comment that "you
cannot remove the way class relations determine social need
from what counts as socially necessary labor time".
No, because he was using the words 'need' and 'necessary' in the ambiguous
sense to which I object.


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