[OPE] The availabilty of labor power in the context of expanded reproduction schemes

From: Damsma, D.F. <D.F.Damsma@uva.nl>
Date: Mon Jul 13 2009 - 16:02:01 EDT

I am currently investigating whether the assumptions Marx makes for his scheme (model) of expanded reproduction, are dialectically warranted. The last assumption Marx makes is that labor power is always on hand (Mega II/11.1: 801-802; cf. Mega II/12.1: 463). In arguing for the adoption of this assumption, Marx refers back to Capital I. According to our list member Geert Reuten (2004) in one of his contributions to The constitution of Capital: Essays on Volume I of Marx's Capital, however, the argument in Capital I crucially depends on capital's use of labor expulsion techniques and the concomittant rise in the value composition of capital. But in the context of Marx's schemes of reproduction the vcc is assumed to be constant. So, it seems that the argument Marx developed in Capital I cannot be applied in the context of his schemes of reproduction and he needs other grounds to argue for the adoption of this assumption here. But, since Marx's reference is not all that explicit, it may be that he aimed at an other part of Capital I. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. Is my analysis correct? Am I missing something? What else could Marx be referring to? Thanks in advance!
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