File spoon-archives/bhaskar.archive/bhaskar_2003/bhaskar.0307, message 67

Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2003 07:57:15 +0100
Subject: Re: BHA: Are Incorrect Ideas, "real"?

When did you join the Bha list Guenter? -:)

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Subject: the yellow logarithm and the ZB reaction
From: Chris Burford <100423.2040-AT-xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: 29 Jul 96 18:33:24 EDT


I am just catching up Howard's interesting comments
on the Intro part 2. I am not very familiar with the Trinity
Formula chapter of Capital Book 3 but felt compelled to hunt
out the reference to the yellow logarithm. It is in section 3.

Before my time too I'm afraid! (Google located it).

Marx says that 'the price of labour' is 'as irrational as a yellow 
logarithm', by which I take him to mean that the concept, though real 
enough, doesn't refer to anything real. (This in the same paragraph in 
which he also said that 'all science would be superfluous if the form of 
appearance of things directly coincided with their essence' and that 
'vulgar economics actually does nothing more than interpret, systematize 
and turn into apologetics the notions of agents trapped within bourgeois 
relations of production.')

Don't ask what the ZB reaction is...


Here is Marx (Capital Vol 1,

Minnerup <> writes
>Dear Mervyn,
>On Thursday, July 24, 2003, you wrote:
>> yellow logarithms
>What are they?

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