Re: [OPE-L] Complex and simple labour

From: Jerry Levy (Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM)
Date: Fri Jun 08 2007 - 08:36:01 EDT

> As I said before - I think the only solution is
> to make this a non-problem - abstract labour
> abstracts from all specificities of labour - and
> measure labour only in time - and then you cannot
> reintroduce the complex/simple dimension.

Hi Anders:

I don't think that's a solution at all.  The issue here
shouldn't be primarily interpretive in the sense of
trying to grasp what were or were not Marx's perspectives
on this issue.  The issue here rather concerns a very real
distinction concerning the everyday working of the capitalist
mode of production.  (Note: I think Marx was quite aware
of this, but *that's really besides the point*).  We shouldn't
be attempting to develop merely a basic understanding of
this distinction but should rather be attempting to grasp
the importance of it in a layered analysis which includes more
concrete levels of abstraction.

In solidarity, Jerry

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