More on Dialectics

Chris Matthew Sciabarra cms10 at SPAMis2.nyu.edu
Fri Sep 3 12:20:02 MDT 1999



>Bit isn't that a problem for the capitalist firm as well?  Harry
>Braverman
>in his *Labor and Monopoly Capital* pointed out how as modern
>industrial management has evolved, one of its main concerns has
>bee the attempt to win full control over the production process
>away from workers.  In its effort to do this, it has attempted to
>acquire a complete knowledge of the production process therby
>reducing the role of the kinds of "tacit" knowledge that workers
>possess.  Capital is driven by competition to continually seek
>to cheapen labor, and to secure effective control over the labor
>process by eliminating all repositories of skill and knowledge
>which undermine capital's ability to reorganize production on
>its own terms.  Consequently, in Braverman's view there is
>a secular tendency for labor to become degraded under capitalism.
>Please correct me if I am wrong but I fail to see how the market or
>the price system are to able to provede correctives to the loss
>of knowledge that is entailed by the processes that Braverman
>analyzed.
>               Jim Farmelant

Excellent points, Jim.  Rothbard actually argues that insofar as monopolies
try to create a system insulated from the price mechanism and the
competition that it engenders, capitalism is also plagued with
calculational problems.  But throughout the 19th century, the market
constantly foiled attempts at monopoly, until the state stepped and acted
on behalf of capitalists to crush competition.  The problem is not
socialism, per se, but insulation from the market price mechanism...
whether that insulation is socialist, state capitalist, or whatever.
Cheers,
Chris
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