[Marxism] Law of Value (was Re: Did the Cuban Revolution enforce socialist realism?)
michael a. lebowitz
mlebowit at sfu.ca
Mon Dec 31 19:21:56 MST 2012
Talk about 'garble'!
> More reading of Marx would have prevented this garble, for it should
> be impossible for anyone who has read Marx to talk about the
> "suppression of the law of value." This is what Marx says about the
> law of value:
> "...even if there were no chapter on value in my book, the analysis
> of the real relationships which I give would contain the proof and
> demonstration of the real value-relation...the mass of products
> corresponding to the different needs requires different and
> quantitatively determined masses of the total labor of society.
> That this necessity of distributing social labor in definite proportions
> cannot be done away with by the particular form of social production,
> but can only change the form it assumes, is self-evident. No natural
> laws can be done away with. What can change, in changing historical
> circumstances, is the form in which these laws operate..."
> Since "No natural laws can be done away with," under socialism
> (defined by Marx, Lenin, Luxemburg, and Trotsky as the form of society
> transitional between the capitalist mode of production, based on
> capital accumulation and exploitation of labor, and the future
> communist social order, based on universal abundance and universal
> free activity or leisure) the "form in which" the law of value would
> operate has to be reflective of the contradictory aspects it
> incorporates from its antecedent mode of production and its future
> transcendence of production and labor alike.
Aside from attributing to Marx the stagist concept of a separate stage
of 'socialism' [with its separate 'socialist principle'--- Lenin's
dicta], the 'natural law' Marx had in mind is that every society must
distribute its social labour. How this becomes a justification of 'the
law of value' [characteristic of a society marked by the spontaneous
interaction of commodity-sellers] is rather obscure [as are the politics
behind this message].
Michael A. Lebowitz
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