Re: [OPE-L] various

From: Michael Perelman (michael@ECST.CSUCHICO.EDU)
Date: Sat Jul 30 2005 - 11:44:29 EDT

My question had to do with the response of people who opposed the 8 hour day.  Did
anyone give a rationale for the long days, except for the sanctity of contract and
denigration of workers?

On Sat, Jul 30, 2005 at 11:15:28AM -0400, glevy@PRATT.EDU wrote:
> Several brief interventions:
> 1) Re the length of the working day
>      The public debate on the 8 hour day occurred during Marx's
> lifetime and his theory of absolute surplus value could be seen, in
> part, as an intervention in that struggle and a reply to both
> reactionary opponents of the 8-hour-day and liberal and "utopian"
> advocates who justified support for the 8-hour-day in moral terms
> (i.e. what was "fair").

Michael Perelman
Economics Department
California State University
Chico, CA 95929

Tel. 530-898-5321
E-Mail michael at

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