Re: [OPE] peanut butter value-form theory

From: Paula <>
Date: Mon Apr 13 2009 - 18:36:02 EDT

> In any event, yes, assume that the orange in one hand
> was not cultivated. It's also quite easy to envision the two oranges being
> identical in size, texture, appearance, and taste. Now what?

Now you have eliminated the need for agricultural labor.

> I gather that you also would say, then, that the state doesn't own any
> means of production?

Not at all - consider (again) PDVSA.

> {NB: There are some commodities which have dual uses: e.g. the same model
> of computer which is used as a means of consumption by individuals
> [a home computer] can also be means of production if purchased by a
> capitalist firm}.

Also, a capitalist firm can use one computer as a means of production (eg in
computer-aided product design) and another computer unproductively (eg in
the legal, marketing or accounting departments). The second computer is only
a means of consumption. If, instead, the legal, marketing or accounting
functions are outsourced to independent companies in the so-called service
sector, the computers used by those firms remain means of consumption only.


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