RE: [OPE] intermission

From: Paul Cockshott <>
Date: Fri Nov 06 2009 - 04:39:02 EST

You can certainly set bounds on ones estimate of the labour that an author expends. You know roughly when they started and when they finished and the number of waking hours ....
From: [] On Behalf Of Paula []
Sent: Thursday, November 05, 2009 10:47 PM
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Subject: Re: [OPE] intermission

Paul C wrote:
> There is a definite additional increment of labour required to write a
book, or design a new microchip, I donít see where the problem is here.

I don't dispute that there is an additional increment of labor, the question
is - what *kind* of labor? It's the old productive/unproductive issue again.
IMO the labor of the novelist is real enough, but it's not productive (of

Notice that you say 'additional increment of labor', but this labor cannot
really be quantified. You cannot measure the labor James Joyce performed in
writing Ulysses in terms of the hours he put into it. The contribution of
this kind of labor is only qualitative -it produces only use-value.


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