Re: [OPE] Reply to critics

From: Paula <>
Date: Thu Sep 30 2010 - 19:18:48 EDT

Jurriaan wrote:
> BTW Paula, Marx does say time and again that economic value is a purely
> social category

Maybe so; but then does he mean by 'purely social'? As opposed to 'purely
natural', for example? 'By arbitrary convention'? Or what?

> Not
> all labour is social labour; if a producer produces something only for his
> own requirements and consumption, it is not social labour. Social labour,
> in
> the sense in which Marx uses this term, is the production of something for
> the use or consumption of others.

Individual human producers don't exist outside society. But, remember,
Jurriaan, your original point was that "for Marx and Engels, what has
'value' is the products of social labor". I hope you'll agree this can't be
right - many products of social labor don't have value.


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