[OPE-L:4713] Re: the determination of real wages---- and a puzzle

Paul Zarembk (zarembka@acsu.buffalo.edu)
Thu, 10 Apr 1997 06:32:37 -0700 (PDT)

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On Thu, 10 Apr 1997, Ajit Sinha wrote:

> At 01:35 AM 4/9/97 -0700, Mike Lebowitz wrote:
> > In 4666, Ajit responded to Jerry's question, "can trade union struggles
> >succeed in raising real wages over time" by stating "if productivity is
> >rising then [the] answer is yes." ... However, it is too late-- Ajit has
> let the cat
> >out of the bag by acknowledging that real wages can rise if productivity is
> >increasing.
> ________________
> There is no question of letting the cat out of the bag. Since there was no
> cat in the bag to begin with. I have consistently maintained that a
> theoretical possibility of a rise in real wages if productivity is
> increasing exists in Marx's theory. I acknowledged that during the pen-l
> debate as well as here in response to you. The point I'm debating with you
> is the position about the historical trend Marx takes in his writings-- A
> history of economic thought problem. And on that I maintain I'm on pretty
> firm footing.

Now I'm getting confused. What is this object of knowledge--"a history
of economic thought problem"--you, Ajit, are talking about? I thought you
were debating theory of the capitalist mode of production. In other
words, I have lost the exact question being debated.