RE: [OPE] value-form theory redux

From: Paul Cockshott <>
Date: Sat Mar 14 2009 - 20:15:35 EDT

I think Kantorovich demonstrated pretty clearly that such commensurability is possible in the absence of commodities and commodity production and that it arises not from anything subjective but from the objective properties of the technology and labour processes that are available at any given instant.

From: [] On Behalf Of Dave Zachariah []
Sent: Saturday, March 14, 2009 8:54 PM
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Subject: Re: [OPE] value-form theory redux

Philip Dunn wrote:
>> Are human beings capable of comparing loaves of bread quantitatively
>> with other goods or services even if these are not commodities for
>> exchange? If yes, then that is the property of commensurability that I'm
>> referring to.
> They could compare their utilities, I suppose. Subjective utility is not
> even a property of the use-value.

You are missing what I'm getting at: Are agents *capable* of some form
of 'economic calculation' as Howard put it, e.g. making statements about
equivalences between different quantities of qualitatively distinct
goods and service, *outside* the context of exchangeable commodities?

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