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

From: Andrew Brown (A.Brown@LUBS.LEEDS.AC.UK)
Date: Wed Apr 20 2005 - 10:58:08 EDT

Thanks Paul,

Slave architects? Certainly not what I had in mind! Don't sound much
like 'talking animals' either!


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From: OPE-L [mailto:OPE-L@SUS.CSUCHICO.EDU] On Behalf Of Paul Cockshott
Sent: 20 April 2005 15:45
Subject: Re: [OPE-L] Why aren't non-labourers sources of value?

Andrew Brown
Re. 'fluidity and creativity of labour': within slave-based society
there are a fixed range of tasks to be done by 'talking animals' and
animals, with land, tools etc. To the extent that slave owners get their
way, fluidity or creativity of labour does not extend beyond these
Paul C

I think this underestimates the skills of for example slave architects
and tutors in classical antiquity.

Also you probably overestimate the fluidity of labour in classical
capitalism and underestimate it in classical antiquity.

See the attached paper by Temin

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