Absolute and relative surplus value

Chris Burford 100423.2040 at compuserve.com
Thu Aug 15 00:01:36 MDT 1996

>>In short, Marxian value theory is based on social norms; it is not a
labor embodied theory of value.<<

[From: djones at uclink.berkeley.edu (rakesh bhandari)
Date: Wed, 14 Aug 1996 10:57:43 -0800
Subject: Re: Absolute and relative surplus value]

Each time the subject comes round, IMO this viewpoint moves ahead,
in the credibility contest.

The passages in Marx that talk about labour crystalised  in the
commodity, I think have to be read as metaphor, and also in the context
of how he was constructing an ideal or abstract argument to
clarify the principles which underly the complex reality of the
actual and concrete phenomena.

And those social norms exist in the *imagination* of human beings.

And are real

and extremely powerful.

Although individuals are often not conscious of them.

Chris Burford


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