Essays on Marx's Theory of Value- By: Isaak Illich Rubin

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Isaac Ilych Rubin was born in Russia in 1886. In 1905 he became an active participant in the Russian revolutionary movement. After the Bolshevik seizure of power, he worked as a professor of Marxist economics and in 1926 became research associate at the Marx-Engels Institute. In 1930 he was arrested. An official Soviet philosopher wrote that: ‘The followers of Rubin and the Menshevizing Idealists treated Marx’s revolutionary method in the spirit of Hegelianism. The Communist Party has smashed these trends alien to Marxism’ (Rosenthal, quoted by Roman Rozdosky in “The Making of Marx’s Capital”). Rubin was imprisoned, accused of belonging to an organization that never existed, forced to ‘confess’ to participating in events that never took place, and finally removed from among the living.

Between 1924 and 1930 Rubin completed and published three books in addition to “A History of Economic Thought,” “Essays on Marx’s Theory of Value” (published in English by Black & Red), “Contemporary Economists in the West,” and an anthology: “Classics of Political Economy, from Seventeenth to the Mid-Nineteenth Century.”




I. Marx's Theory of Commodity Fetishism

Chapter One. Objective Basis of Commodity Fetishism
Chapter Two. The Production Process and its Social Form
Chapter Three. Reification of Production Relations among People and Personification of Things
Chapter Four. Thing and Social Function (Form)
Chapter Five. Production Relations and Material Categories
Chapter Six. Struve on the Theory of Commodity Fetishism
Chapter Seven. Marx's Development of the Theory of Fetishism

II. Marx's Labor Theory of Value

Chapter Eight. Basic Characteristics of Marx's Theory of Value
Chapter Nine. Value as the Regulator of Production
Chapter Ten. Equality of Commodity Producers and Equality of Commodities
Chapter Eleven. Equality of Commodities and Equality of Labor
Chapter Twelve. Content and Form of Value
Chapter Thirteen. Social Labor
Chapter Fourteen. Abstract Labor
Chapter Fifteen. Qualified Labor
Chapter Sixteen. Socially-Necessary Labor
Chapter Seventeen. Value and Social Need

1. Value and Demand
2. Value and Proportional Distribution of Labor
3. Value and Volume of Production
4. Demand and Supply Equation

Chapter Eighteen. Value and Production Price

1. Distribution and Equilibrium of Capital
2. Distribution of Capital and Distribution of Labor
3. Production Price
4. Labor-Value and Production Price
5. Historical Foundations of the Labor Theory of Value

Chapter Nineteen. Productive Labor


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