[OPE-L:609] Paul Mattick's position -Reply

MATTICK@adlibv.adelphi.edu (MATTICK@adlibv.adelphi.edu)
Thu, 30 Nov 1995 12:48:04 -0800

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Re your 605: The problem looks like the same one as that for
commodities in general (and money is, for Marx, a commodity--that
whose use-value is to serve as the form of value). Namely, they are
produced as values (and surplus-values) but a given one may turn out
after all not to be such. Gold may be extracted and formed into
coins; the intention is for it to be the universal equivalent, a
material form ([mis]representation) of social labor, but here too it
may not work out; a coin may fall to the bottom of the sea and never
seen again, for instance. Then the labor producing it was not even
social, not to mention "immediately social."

Paul M.