[OPE-L:1715] Re: Petty commodity production, theory & history

chaion lee (conlee@chonnam.chonnam.ac.kr)
Fri, 5 Apr 1996 19:02:13 -0800

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Jerry [1712] wrote;
As for simple reproduction, it is *possible* even within the capitalist
mode of production. This does not mean, though, that it represents a
typical situation under capitalism and, in fact, is highly unusual and,
to the extent that it occurs, momentary. The purpose, though, of
introducing simple reproduction is not to explain what *does* happen in
the course of the reproduction of capital, but what *can* happen. In that
sense, its purpose is to highlight the nature of extended reproduction
rather than to describe a historical process.

Sorry, you are right. Even without accumulation, the capitalist production can continue if surplus values are produced.