<P> First, I don't know that
lawyers are at the top of the pay heap
<BR>and I will defend lawyers if necessary. Second, I would say that
<BR>a market logic for so-called labor markets is a sure path to insanity</BLOCKQUOTE>
I more or less agree.
<P>Its very easy to see this.Capitalism or socialism aside, its extremely
hard to value scientific or intellectual work.If you can give a price for
the value of the invention of the steam engine, the jet engine, the
transistor the fast Fourier Transform, . ... on the technological
side or say quantum mechnics, theory of relativity, the Krebs Cycle, the
structure of DNA on the scientific side good luck. Its precisely
the application or elaboration of basic science and technology in the current
modes of industrial production to which we seem to owe most of the increase
in health and our standard of living for the past 150 years. Its
a fact that inventors and scientists while occasionally enjoying substantial
prosperity are never seriously financially compensated for what they produce.
<BR>statisfaction comes mainly from the intrinsic value they perceive their
work as having. Market valuation for precisely the work which is
most economically valuable is impossible. This is not to say that
most of this work may be wasteful or useless, its the relatively small
amount of successes which make the work worthwhile.
<PRE>Third, I would turn your logic on its head (while basically agreeing) and
say it is not that the bourgeoisie distances itself from labor per se, but
that the *only* measure of the value of labor under capitalism is how much
it can benefit the capitalist qua capitalist.</PRE>
<P>Take Amaryta Sen's Nobel Prize in economics. How would you explain
the value of his work along these lines. The point of this is to
say that no society would function without extra market valuation.
<BR>I have only a passing acquaintence to Marx, however if he deals in
any depth with any of the issues implicit above, I'd appreciate a citation.
Most of what I've read is very brilliant.
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