Re: (OPE-L) Ajit's paper

From: ajit sinha (sinha_a99@YAHOO.COM)
Date: Wed Jun 02 2004 - 08:42:56 EDT

--- Rakesh Bhandari <rakeshb@STANFORD.EDU> wrote:
> At 5:56 AM -0700 6/1/04, ajit sinha wrote:
> >--- Rakesh Bhandari <rakeshb@STANFORD.EDU> wrote:
> >>  At 3:12 AM -0700 6/1/04, ajit sinha wrote:
> >>  >Rakesh, I have no idea what is this about. Can
> we
> >>  >stick to the issues we are debating? Cheers,
> ajit
> >>  >sinha
> >>
> >>  Out of his debate with Malthus Ricardo was led
> to
> >>  search for an
> >>  invariable measure of value, no? Sraffa claimed
> to
> >>  have devised just
> >>  that in the standard commodity, no? So why did
> >>  Malthus prompt Ricardo
> >>  to search for an invariable measure of value?
> >>  Why--or on what exact
> >>  assumptions--can (as you put it in the Westra
> and
> >>  Zuege volume) "the
> >>  effect on the money commodity of a change in
> wages
> >>  imply that even if
> >>  the net output has been kept constant in
> physical
> >>  terms a change in
> >>  its distribution between wages and profits could
> >>  very well change its
> >>  size when measured in... money terms"?
> >>
> >>  Rakesh
> >______________
> >As I said, "money commodity". But this is not the
> >issue we are discussing here. Let's keep to the
> issue.
> >Cheers, ajit sinha
> Ajit, this won't do.

Yes, Rakesh! It will have to do. To be very frank with
you, most of the stuff you write on very basic issues
is incoherent. Political economy is not your area of
specialization is clear as day light to all. This is
not to say that you should not debate such issues, but
please don't pretend to be all knowing on these
subjects. Right now I neither have time nor
inclination to debate you on complicated issues
regarding Malthus, Ricardo, Sraffa and the problem of
'invariable measure of value'. So please stick to Marx
and his concept of value. And I would appreciate if
you gave me straightforward answers to straightforward
questions. I'm not interested in learning what a great
champion of Marxism you are and how anti-Marxist we
all are. That is not the issue. What I want to expose
to you, for your own good, is that your understanding
of Marx's concept of value is incoherent. The sooner
you realize this the better it will be for whatever
intellectual endeavor you are using it for. Cheers,
ajit sinha

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