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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-07-07 11:32 PM
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173. it's not that straightforward
First of all, what is value? How is that measured? How much is a "scant" portion? 2%? 20%? 70%? 98%? How much does the average worker get?

Second, what is my contribution? The team scores a touchdown, how are the points divided? The value that my labor produces depends on a group effort. Let me spend an hour babysitting a machine and I will produce a certain amount of value. At least the production line will. How much credit should each part of that process get? What if I work harder than my co-workers or have more skills? Then maybe I am getting 70% of the value of my labor and they are getting 105% of the value of their labor.

Third, like I said, I am the beneficiary of this, because if the Chinese worker got paid the value of his/her labor, then my shoes, computer, bicycle, etc., etc., etc., would be much more expensive.

Finally, is there supposed to be a Marxist 'answer' to the problem of wage slavery other than 'permanent revolution'? The formula 'from each according to their ability, to each according to their needs' seems like it is guaranteed to be a worse deal for those who study and work hard, as even more of their contribution will be going to meet the needs of others.
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