[OPE-L:5110] Re: the creation of labour-power

Michael Williams (mwilliam@compuserve.com)
Sat, 24 May 1997 15:34:14 -0700 (PDT)

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> The point is Mike William does not admit the possibility of a
> non-capitalist commodity production.
> IMO, the labor-power is of course not produced under a capitalist
> production system and yet it is nevertheless produced as a commodity. If
> were not a commodity, is it then to be a free good? In this society,
> anything that are exchanged for money must be a commodity. A few
> exceptions, morality, fame, etc. are quasi-commodities (not proper
> commodities) even though they are sometimes exchanged for money.

Michael W.
As ever, my method is to sustain consistent characterisations of essential
categories, by locating them in their internal relations within a system.
Within the capitalist system, labour-power is not produced *with a view to
selling it*, so It cannot be a commodity - although it is traded as if it
were one. Although a prime locus of class-struggle is over the attempted
commodification of labour-power, this is a contradictory struggle for
capital. If the procreation were commodified capitalism would not be

Comradely greetings,

Dr Michael Williams
"Books are Weapons"

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