[OPE-L:709] In General

John R. Ernst (ernst@pipeline.com)
Mon, 11 Dec 1995 08:46:39 -0800

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Given that within the production of commodities,
we find many more products than processes, in what
way can we deal with Marx's effort to seemingly derive
values from abstract labor? Is not some sort of
aggregation assumed in order to speak of the abstract
labor used in the production of a single, "typical"
commodity? If we consider the first book of CAPITAL to
be on the level of "capital in general", then in the
first chapter should we not treat the commodity itself
on a general level as well?

John Ernst