[OPE-L:3107] RE: assumptions, assumptions, assumptions

Allin Cottrell (cottrell@wfu.edu)
Tue, 24 Sep 1996 05:44:50 -0700 (PDT)

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> "in order to produce the same rate of profit, therefore, if the constant
> capital set in motion by a worker increases ten-fold, the surplus-labour time
> would have to increase ten-fold as well, and very soon the total labour-time,
> or even the FULL TWENTY-FOUR HOURS OF THE DAY, would not be sufficient, even
> if it were ENTIRELY APPROPRIATED BY CAPITAL" (p. 523, Vintage; emphases [which
> I do not necessarily consider shouting] are mine).

I'm not sure how productive this debate is. It seems clear to me --
as I suppose it does to Jerry -- that in the quotation above Marx
is not _assuming_ v=0 in the way Andrew has done in some of his
exercises: he is simply pointing out a limiting case in passing.