A Comment on Miller's Comment

Ken J. Tarbuck


Riel Miller says that my distinction between productive labour (PL) and unproductive labour (UPL) turns on two factors: "1) Whether or not employed labour-power creates a 'material' thing, a durable good, and 2) whether or not the 'products' created by workers are exchanged with revenue or capital." Apart from the dangers of compressing a long essay into a couple of lines, such a summary is inadequate since it misses out a third, and equally important, factor, i.e. the use to which products are capable of being put in relation to the whole social capital. That is to say, unless certain products are capable of being used as productive capital on a social scale then
the labour embodied within them must count, in certain circumstances, as being unproductive.

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