[OPE-L:1743] Re: Defining & understanding the accumulati

Gilbert Skillman (gskillman@wesleyan.edu)
Thu, 11 Apr 1996 11:56:35 -0700

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> Paul
> > ----
> > A reserve army is not necessary for accumulation to take place,
> Massimo
> Sure, ***assuming*** living labour as living-dead labour, subject-less mob,
> completely subsumed human beings with not even a residual of humanity,
> stupid brain washed beings completely in the hand of capital, who (or
> perhaps better saying which) swallow everything and in any
> circumstance. In other words, ***assuming*** an L vector in a simultaneous
> system of determination of values.

What? I don't see how this follows. First, whether or not
accumulation requires the existence of a reserve army has nothing
whatsoever to do with the analytical method of determining labor
values. Second, workers may have intelligence and class consciousness and
yet still produce surplus value. To assert otherwise is to beg one
of the central problematics of modern capitalist development.

In solidarity, Gil