Re: [OPE-L] Labour theory of value and trade

From: Jerry Levy (jerry_levy@VERIZON.NET)
Date: Tue Jan 29 2008 - 09:27:11 EST

> I still remain unconvinced that the competition between
> capitalist firms today will by itself result in inter-state
> rivalries---in so far the rivalries exist they do so already by
> virtue of territorial states being surplus appropriators in their > own right, i.e. it is the primary cause which pre-dates
> capitalism.

Hi Dave:

The important point here is that one can not separate in practice the international competition of capitalist firms from state policies. The rivalries and alliances of convenience for economic purpose by states is often an expression of the alliances between blocs of capital and nation states.  The EU and the USA  don't have to come into military conflict with each other for this to be true.

In solidarity, Jerry

> The competition between US, European and
> Japanese firms since the 1960s did not translate into a military > stand-off.

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