[OPE-L:6240] Re: value and the transformation of work

jurriaan bendien (Jbendien@globalxs.nl)
Tue, 3 Mar 1998 18:28:04 +0100

Leda writes:

> production of wealth (material wealth taked as a collection of uses
> values) in capitalism would be progressively less dependent of the time
> work and more and more dependent of the force of the elements put in
> movement during the time of work. In other words, in these pages Marx is
> speaking of the increasing importance of the science as a mean of
> production. Then, if you look to the contemporaneous world, these words
> soud as prophecy. But this has serious consequences to Marx's theory of
> value and Marx knew it.

I wonder what consequences exactly ? That labour effort increasingly ceases
to be the measure or determinant of economic value ?

What Marx puts on in these same pages is
> something linked to the force of value as a social form, i.e., something
> linked to fetichism (this form would insist to remain despite the loss of

> its "material" basis).

I wonder would it not be unmaterialist to argue that a social form can
remain without its basis in material reality ?


Jurriaan Bendien.