I like a lot of the things that Rakesh says in , with respect to slavery and value-form. Perhaps one way to link the two strands of the debate is through the following question: --Is slave labour *abstract labour*? If so, under what circumstances (i.e., more generally, what makes labour *abstract*); if not, how is this compatible with the obvious fact that slaves in the New World produced commodities for the world market? This question was raised by Duncan in , a long time ago - but he raised it as a *question*, and no clear answer was provided by the debate on the list. alfredo.
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