[Marxism] Unproductive labour and falling rate of profit.

Peggy Dobbins pegdobbins at gmail.com
Wed Jan 22 23:37:22 MST 2014


On Jan 22, 2014, at 3:07 AM, David P Á <david at miradoiro.com> wrote:

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> I was wondering if anyone has any thoughts on the impact that increased
> rates of unproductive labour (specifically, direct hire of
> domestic/personal service workers by the capitalist class) may have on
> the prevailing rate of profit. Looking at things from the standpoint of
> the social wage, it would seem that such outlays would increase
> aggregate demand and contribute to avoid overproduction/underconsumption
> issues, and, when looked at in the aggregate as a social cost of
> reproduction of capital, wouldn't it form a part of the aliquot share of
> labour to be added up in the production of commodities?
> So I'm wondering if such a device may stall or counterpoise the tendency
> for the rate of profit to fall. If I'm completely mistaken in this
> notion, I'd also appreciate to hear about it.
> -- 
> --David.
> Omnis enim res quae dando non deficit, dum habetur et non datur, nondum
> habetur quomodo habenda est.
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