[OPE-L:4670] Re: Four-cornered triangle

Gerald Lev (glevy@pratt.edu)
Tue, 8 Apr 1997 08:13:50 -0700 (PDT)

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Allin wrote in [OPE-L:4655]:

> Most commodities most of the time are not totally new items;
> they have shown themselves to be use-values. Given that,
> their value is determined in production. [...]

I don't think it is legitimate to assume that simply because a certain
type of commodity has been shown to have a use-value in the past, that
future products of the same type will have a use-value and become
commodities. I would say, rather, that there is always the possibility
that a given type of "commodity" can be shown not to have a use-value or
value (and therefore not *be* a commodity) in exchange.

btw, I think that those who believe that Marx held that "commodities"
become commodities in production will have a very difficult time
explaining what Marx meant be "*REAL*ization" or "*ACTUAL*ization" of
value and surplus-value (emphasis added, JL).

In solidarity, Jerry