Re: [OPE] Odyssey and the Peruvian treasure

From: Dave Zachariah <>
Date: Wed Feb 11 2009 - 06:39:37 EST

2009/2/11 Gerald Levy <>

> You don't actually think that labor took the form of abstract labor in the
> ancient
> Aztec and Inca empires, do you?

Not in general and not as an organising principle of those societies'

However, as soon as society's labour is not performed in isolation but is
compared in some way then it is meaningful to speak of abstract labour.
Production for market exchange is not the only way in which concrete labours
are compared. Public works (the construction of large-scale dams, irrigation
and monuments) is another ancient way in which the abstract potential of
labour is treated in a real process.

//Dave Z

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