[OPE-L:4590] Re: The Practical Status of Butter Knives

andrew klima (Andrew_Kliman@msn.com)
Fri, 28 Mar 1997 13:35:33 -0800 (PST)

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A reply to Gil's ope-l 4588.

Hi, Gil. Glad you're back. I'm eager to resume the discussion.
Specifically, when we last left off, I had asked you the following questions
(see ope-l 3968):

* Can a rising VCC ITSELF lead to a lower rate of profit in simultaneist value

theory, as it can in the successivist interpretation of Marx's value theory,
and in Marx's value theory itself? Or is Frank Thompson's theorem a beautiful

example of the incompatibility of Marx's value theory and simultaneism?

* Did Gil produce an example of a "spurious at best" claim about supposedly
intrinsic features of simultaneism?

* Does the presence of some futures markets for some commodities in the "real
capitalist world" mean that we have to assume input and output prices are
equal if we are talking about the "real capitalist world'?

* Am I required to state that I am not postulating the existence of conditions

that do not exist in the real world?

* Is simultaneism logically suspect because it lets the same commodity, at one

single moment, have two different prices?

I am very interested in your responses.

Andrew Kliman