[OPE-L] compound labour

From: Rakesh Bhandari (bhandari@BERKELEY.EDU)
Date: Thu Jun 14 2007 - 23:20:32 EDT


There is substantial agreement between Engels, Hilferding and Rubin about
how to understand Marx, how to approach the problem, and the political
implications of Marx's argument (Engels is quite sharp, mocking Duhring's
vision of a socialism of porters who are granted equal wages and showing
why socialism would not be obligated to give skilled labor higher than
average compensation, an argument which has obvious critical implications
for the notorious pay differentials of actually existing socialisms) .

I am not sure how the Itoh or Rowthorn or Bowles and Gintis's solutions
are superior to the classical ones. The most important point (I think) is
that all kinds of professionals who did not think of themselves as
comparable to simple average labor are finding themselves just that as the
reduction operates ruthlessly behind their backs. Perhaps this applies
less to surgeons than to ordinary physicians than to most skilled
engineers than to...

I can't afford to pursue and hope to hear more.  By the way, I  must say
that I don't see how Ian H's specification of the uniqueness of labor
grounds his claim of its unique value adding capacities.  I have suggested
here on this list that the ground is elsewhere.

Yours, Rakesh

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