Re: [OPE-L] salto mortale

From: Rakesh Bhandari (bhandari@BERKELEY.EDU)
Date: Sat Mar 03 2007 - 11:43:30 EST

>In socialist society gold will remain more valuable than copper or
>lead. Society may be able to
>afford to roof halls with copper, but not gold.
>Paul Cockshott

A bit misleading, I think. Our social relations of production seem to
be established only if the things we exchange happen to possess
value--so dependent are we on things--but in fact the things we
possess only appear to possess value because the nature imposed
necessity of our social relations of production are mediated by
things which seem to have acquired this property of value which then
varies independently of the will, foresight or the actors who merely
represent them in exchange. Objects won't possess value in this
fetishized way in socialist society.

Marx develops the theory of value as a theory of an emergent
objective illusion in specific historical conditions. I think you and
Allin are missing how Marx's theory of value is inseparable from his
theory of fetishism.

However, we may to dismiss this aspect of Marx's theory of value as
part of a humanist/alienation problematic as some in the Althusserian
school do. I think that's a mistake.


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