Re: [OPE-L] commensurability of value

From: Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM
Date: Wed Jan 26 2005 - 10:10:21 EST

> One can, given the relevant statistics, look at things
> like
> 1. the value of the real wage - number of hours required to make it

Hi  Paul C:

Aren't you  implicitly assuming that SNLT in 1860 Germany equals SNLT
in Japan in the 1990s?  Aren't you also implicitly assuming that the
intensity of  labor  hasn't changed temporally and spatially?

>  2. changes in the value of specific commodities across space and time -
> a kilo of rice for example

How does the change in the value of  _one_ commodity (in this case, rice)
allow us to determine the commensurability of _all_ commodities?

> 3. changes in the rate of surplus value across space and time

See my questions under 1.

In solidarity, Jerry

>> How _exactly_ *with a concept of value* is there commensurability
>> across space and time?   How e.g. is value created in Germany in 1860
>> made commensurable with value created in Japan in the 1990's?

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