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10 He was mainly interested, however, in one aspect of the distinction: whether it causes commodity production or not. ' he asks on one occasion. 'It is the fact that their respective products are commodities. What, on the other hand, characterises division of labour in manufactures? The fact that the detail labourer produces no commodities. ' 11 This is what makes it possible to overcome commodity production and therefore the market relations within the factory. By analogy, if the society as a whole were organised as one production unit subject to the single state ownership of property, it would be possible to overcome commodity production and therefore the market relations within the society-wide factory.

E. acceptable to the customer in terms of its price; and (c) that its production costs should be as low as possible while the price obtained for it should be as high as possible. In the conditions of market equilibrium, the difference between the production costs and the price depends on the economic unit's productivity of labour. Thus, the specific interest of the economic unit is expressed as follows. The economic unit as the producer of certain use-values depends on their realisation (sale).

Either directly during business hours, or after hours, these employees provide short-supply goods or services for a special reward to those who need them. Mass bribery, pilfering, stealing from one another and moonlighting are inevitably present in non-market economies and create, under the cover of the official institutions, an entirely different but very real parallel structure. The economic consequences of this reality are extremely farreaching. Bribery, pilfering, stealing and moonlighting result in a redistribution of the national income and in a thorough change of the planned structure of the effective demand.

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