Re: (OPE-L) the specific social relations [of production] associated with value

From: Paul C (clyder@GN.APC.ORG)
Date: Fri Jun 04 2004 - 17:56:59 EDT

Gerald A. Levy wrote:

>Yes, there is a social relation between Joe and Meg.  It does not
>constitute social relations _of production_, though.  One should not divorce
>(no pun intended)  the concept of value from the _specific_ social relations
>of production  associated with capitalism.
Why not?
So long as labour is potentially distributable between different activities,
abstract social labour exists. So long as a part of the social product is
sold on a market without some form of planned allocation, then
the social character of that labour will reflect itself indirectly in the
prices of the products.

Ancient society had a lower proportion of its labour product commodified
than capitalist society - that is clear, but that portion of its labour
that was embodied in commodities would be influenced by the law
of value.


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