Re: [OPE-L] accumulation of capital and the working class - actual non existence of variable capital

From: Jerry Levy (jerry_levy@VERIZON.NET)
Date: Fri Jan 11 2008 - 21:36:16 EST

> Yes.  The class relations specific to capitalism are embedded
> in the 1st formula and obscured in the 2nd one.
Please elaborate what you mean. The class relation "embedded" in either formula is the amount of surplus labour. That is quite explicit.

Hi Dave:

Insofar as the numerator is concerned, surplus _value_ rather than
the more general and trans-historical category of surplus-labour is specified: surplus labour is performed in all class societies.

s/K is a formula, depending on how you define K (and s), which could apply in non-capitalist societies; s/c+v is a formula specific to capitalism insofar as the class relation between capitalists and wage-workers is embedded in the equation.

In solidarity, Jerry

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