Keen/Ernst Discussion(To Marshall)

Jim Jaszewski jjazz at freenet.hamilton.on.ca
Thu Oct 19 16:05:48 MDT 1995


On Thu, 19 Oct 1995, John R. Ernst wrote:

> I do not think what you suggest works.  Horsepower, these
> days, refers to a certain mesure of power.  That is, we say
> that such and such an engine has 200 hp.  Meaning the
> engine can do the work of 200 "standard" horses, in terms
> of pulling weight, etc.

	Exactly.  It can do Work at a certain rate.


> Labor power does work that it considerably
> more varied.

	Of course.  I'm not confusing LP with HP -- I'm trying to compare
them (however tenuous the connection...)


>  Labor power is the capacity to labor; indeed, as Marx
> got his act together his terminology changed from "capacity to labor"
> to labor power.   The distinction between labor and labor power
> may seem trivial but try reading Adam Smith if want examples of
> how confused the matter was pre-Marx.

	Well, I'm not confusing HP and Work either...



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