Re: [OPE-L] the forest and trees and classes of capitalism

From: glevy@PRATT.EDU
Date: Wed Apr 04 2007 - 13:08:47 EDT

> In my opinion, what Marx says is: what appears to be a tree, is in fact
> an element of the forest. That is: we see a specific use-value or
> but as a commodity it has a value, and value cannot be understood unless
> see it as being a use-value produced with a fraction of the abstract
> labour of society (the forest).

Hi Diego:

Interesting.  You seem to be defining the forest in a trans-historical
way, i.e. the forest is defined above as the abstract labour of society in
a commodity-produucing society.  Have I misunderstood you?  I think that
for Marx the forest was capitalism and the trees (commodities) are
specific to that forest.

In solidarity, Jerry

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