Re: [OPE-L] Why aren't non-labourers sources of value?

From: Philip Dunn (pscumnud@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Date: Sat Apr 09 2005 - 17:01:19 EDT

Quoting Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM:

> Hi Ian,
> > The aim of the thought experiment is to try and push concepts to their
> > breaking point and reveal their contradictions. Here you are saying
> > that the scenario described in the thought experiment couldn't occur.
> > I think given enough sophistication robots could lead an autonomous
> > existence and be hired as wage-labour. If you are willing to accept
> > the premiss of the thought experiment then I believe it shows that we
> > can quickly dismiss the idea that there is some essential property of
> > humans that explains why their labour and their labour alone can cause
> > surplus-value.
> The problem is that I can't accept this premise.  Why and how would
> robots come to have an autonomous existence and be hired as wage-
> labourers?
> In solidarity, Jerry

They become self-reproducing and need to put bread or maybe brake fluid in their
children's mouths. 

Philip Dunn

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