[OPE-L:174] Re: Artistic whole?

Michael Perelman (michael@ecst.csuchico.edu)
Fri, 29 Sep 1995 15:42:37 -0700

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> Paul C.
> ----
> But the intermediate goods were still produced before the final
> goods at any given time interval, and thus with respect to that
> period are dead labour. If you take a trip on the QE2, you depend
> on there having been labour done 30 years ago in the Clyde shipyard
> that build her, but that labour is no longer going on side by
> side with that of the sailors. The shipyard shut years ago.

You are correct if you look at a single commodity. If you think of the
shipbuilding industry as a whole, you see ship builders working side by side
with the steel industry ....

Marx begins vol. 1, just as you say, from the point of view of a single
commodity. About 100 pages into v2, he says that he wants to change the
perspective to look at an industry as a whole, with the workers working
side by side. He does this, following Thomas Hodgskin, to minimize the
claims of capital.

Michael Perelman
Economics Department
California State University
Chico, CA 95929

Tel. 916-898-5321 E-Mail michael@ecst.csuchico.edu