> Billy Brown writes:
> > A not-completely-insignificant quibble: I would say "The cost of
> > a product depends on the total quantity of human effort (direct
> > and indirect) required to make it." Energy and material costs are
> > really just indirect human labor costs.
> Huh? I thought the labor theory of value was discredited along
> with the rest of Marxism.
Someone else said this too, but Billy is talking about costs, not value. Value will of course depend on how much people want the product, but costs are independent of how much it is desired. So I don't think it is correct to compare Billy's arguments to Marxism.