[OPE-L:1751] Re: Defining & understanding the accumulati

Paul Shepher (P.Shepherd@uea.ac.uk)
Fri, 12 Apr 1996 09:12:46 -0700

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Paul C [#1742]*
It is not the army but the reserve that is negative. A reserve is a residual
a difference between two quantities, and as such can be negative.

I still don't follow. Doesn't the IRA either have to be positive or equal
to zero (i.e. non-existent)?

Paul c
One can have a [[negative reserve] [[army] of labour]]. The military metaphor
does not extend well this far, but remember, it is only a metaphor to
describe an economic phenomenon.