[OPE] New wiki on value-form

From: Jurriaan Bendien <adsl675281@telfort.nl>
Date: Fri May 29 2009 - 16:37:10 EDT


I wanted to write a general purpose, stripped-down "value-form for dummies"
article, since the Left is now confusing people with value-form prattle, but
obviously one shouldn't simplify things so far that the original idea is
hardly recognizable. The problems of the self-valuation of bourgeois society
are much more complex then you can write in a short reference article, of
course. I have now reworked the text a bit, and hope you agree it is more
accurate now (without claiming to say everything that could be said about
the form of value is in it).

Why else would Marx call the total form of value a total form, if it did not
include both the expansion of the relative and equivalent form? How else can
we define a universal equivalent other than in terms of a dual relationship

commodity<->commodity and

i.e. the expression of commodities values in a money equvalent implies
simultaneously that commodity values are defined "relative to each other"?
That's the basic idea behind a monetary "regime".


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