[Marxism] The farm worker paradox - post your favorite solutions!

Michael Perelman michael at ecst.csuchico.edu
Wed Dec 27 19:36:30 MST 2006

Smith did not use that term, but he lectured about his subject, but caught himself 
when he saw the implications of his thought, then returned the next day to introduce 
the marvelous division of labor which brought markets to perfection.  Smith's 
truncated discussion would cover 2 & 3.

On Wed, Dec 27, 2006 at 06:27:55PM -0800, Jon Baranov wrote:
> In Micheal Perelman's book the Perverse Economy, he quotes Adam Smith's "farm
>   worker  paradox". While he solves the diamond-water paradox, I do not remember him
>   attempting to explain the farm worker paradox. I apologize if I simply missed 
>   Michael's argument
>   Does anyone on this list think they 
>   have the answer? I think the "paradox" has an obvious solution as far as capitalists 
>   are concerned.  What about wage differentials between workers? 
>   Here's my attempt -
>   1. The unequal structure of demand for various kinds of labor
>   2. Bargaining power - the inherent structure if the capitalist labor market
>   3. Social control - the cultural and institutional imperatives of capital
>   4. Different profit rares and accidental factors
>   Thanks
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Michael Perelman
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