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Things without use-value don't get produced for very long

Posted by: Stoller on December 02, 1999 at 22:02:46:

In Reply to: What is something has NO use-value posted by DonS on December 02, 1999 at 10:53:37:

Don: What is something has NO use-value, yet it required considerable labor to create. Does it have labor-value? Like, for example, digging a hole and filling it in. Considerable labor, no use value (we are assuming here that your mother-in-law was not placed in the hole, etc.).

What if something has no use-value?---the favorite straw man of pro-capitalists when they first confront Marx's theories...

If something is WORTHLESS (or costs more to make than the average necessary social time required), then the person who makes this item will SOON GO BANKRUPT---or give it up.

Example: untalented bohemians eventually realize their 'day jobs' have become their career...

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