[OPE-L:3116] Re: red herrings, red herrings, red herrings

Massimo De Angelis (massimo@uel.ac.uk)
Wed, 25 Sep 1996 04:39:07 -0700 (PDT)

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It is obvious that Marx was ASSUMING v = 0 and I don't understand
what all the fuss is about!


On Tue, 24 Sep 1996, andrew kliman wrote:

> In ope-l 3108, Jerry wrote:
> "I believe the above establishes conclusively that Marx did not believe that
> the working day could equal 24 hours. ... I, therefore, believe that Marx
> states decisively that necessary labor must be greater than 0. ... I believe
> that I have already convinced just about all listmembers of the import of the
> v = 0 assumption."
> More red herrings. *Of course* Marx didn't believe the working day could
> equal 24 hours, or that necessary labor could be 0. I strongly doubt that
> anyone ever needed to be convinced of these things. I certainly did not.
> At issue is NOT, and at issue has NEVER been, what Marx BELIEVED to be true.
> What IS and HAS been at issue is what he ASSUMED.
> There's a huge difference. I have no trouble assuming perfect competition and
> deducing from it that a firm faces a perfectly elastic demand curve. That
> does not mean I "believe" pure competition exists, or could exist.
> Andrew Kliman