Freedom and necessity

Food for the body is like oil or fuel for the machine.  As is clothing and shelter.  The entire accounting for production, consumption, accumulation can be done in energetic or calorific  terms, and it will come out right.  The purpose of doing the accounting in terms of economic value added, however, to the exclusion of other schemes, is because it is only in the value calculus that the political struggle of individual against individual is reflected.  The valuation of one persons contribution to the social and material product in terms of the valuation of everyone else’s social labour.  But this is not the only factor in the valuation.  Because there is the simultaneous valuation of property rights.  This is a complicating, obtruding, assymetrical, and ugly situation.  Labour’s contribution I can understand.  But property?

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