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Mr. Martin's Mistake
Editor Independent: It is incom
prehensible how any man who has
been reading with attention any
thing I have said on the subject could
have got it into his head that I am
in favor of letting the banks, under
any possible condition or favoritism,
issue their notes as money. The is
sue of money is a prerogative of gov
ernment and ought under no possi
ble set of circumstances to be dele
gated to any individual or corpora
tion. And let me say further in this
connection that every dollar of ev
ery form of money ought to be a full
I hope Mr. John T. Martin will not
again misunderstand me on this
FLAVIUS J. VAN VORHIS.
Good for The Outlook! In discuss
ing the action of the Chicago city
council, deciding by a vote of 51 to
1G to ask the legislature to pass a bill
allowing any city in Illinois to pur
chase street car lines, The Outlook
believes that "the amendment provid
ing for a referendum of all consider
able extensions of a railway fran
chise should be urged." That is good
IHE VALUE OF MONEY
Mr. Da Hart Raturna to Ilia Old Lot, tha
Subject of Monty
Editor Independent: Adam Smith
said: "The word VALUE, it is to be
observed, has two different meanings,
and sometimes expresses the utility
of some particular object, and some
times the power of purchasing other
goods which the possessor of that ob
"The one may be called "value in
use,' the -other 'value in exchange.'
"The things which have the greatest
value in use have frequently little or
ho value in exchange; and, on the
contrary, those that have the greatest
value in exchange have frequently
little or no value in use. Nothing is
more useful than water; but it will
purchase scarce anything; scarce any
thing can be had in exchange for it.
A diamond, on the contrary, has
scarce any value in use, but a very
great quantity of goods may frequent
ly be had in exchange for it."
Thus spoke Adam Smith, and it
would have been a great deal better,
if he had said only half as much.
What he said about value as being a
"power of purchasing goods" was
very true, but that part about value
as being "utility of some particular
object" was certainly erroneous. It is
no more correct to say that value is
utility than to say that value is
wealth. We also need a definition of
value that will separate it from price
as well as from wealth and utility.
Economists are obliged to use these
four words and they all should be
used, without one being used for the
- I have quoted all that Adam Smith
said about value. The next great
political economist coming along was
David Ricardo born in 1772, dying in
1824, in his fifty-second year and it
is a great pity that he could not have
had twenty years more. He made
great improvements on Adam Smith,
and he would have done much more
if he could have lived longer. Un
fortunately, however, he had a con
fused notion of value or at least a
confused way of explaining it. The
probability is that he was more de
ficient in language than in ideas. He
undoubtedly saw clearly the differ
ence between utility and value, al
though he did not express it -clearly.
He made a mistake in following too
closely the great Adam Smith.
Ricardo commenced the discussion
of his political economy by quoting
Adam Smith approvingly, and then
adding more illustration, in order to
show that "value has two different
He said: "Water and air are
abundantly useful; they are indeed
indispensable to existence, yet, un
der ordinary circumstances, nothing
can be obtained in exchange for them."
Gold, on the contrary, though of lit
tle use, compared with air or water,
will exchange for a great quantity of
Ricardo continues: "Utility, then,
is hot the measure of exchangeable
value, although it is absolutely essen
tial to it. If a commodity were in no
way useful, it would be destitute of
exchangeable value, however scarce
it might be, or whatever quantity of
labor might be necessary to produce
What nonsense! How can value be
"exchangeable?" If it is a "power of
purchasing," as Smith said, how can
it be exchangeable? Two commodities
may be exchangeable, but two pow
ers of purchasing cannot be ex
changeable. Ricardo then says: "Possessing
utility, commodities derive their ex
changeable value from two sources:
from their scarcity, and from the
quantity of labor required to procure
He then devotes thirty pages for the
purpose of showing that commodities
get their "exchangeable value" he
ought to say "value," because thes
is no such thing as exchangeable val
uefrom two sources: "from their
scarcity, or from the quantity of la
bor required to obtain them."
While Adam Smith could dispose of
value by a dozen lines, yet Ricardo re
quired thirty pages to give his notions
about it. And it is singular that each
subsequent economist devoted more
and more space to the subject, before
he could come to the discussion of
wealth, the real subject of the sci
ence. Ricardo thought that It waa 4
very necessary to prove what was the'
cause of value, namely, labor or scarc
ity. Adam Smith had said: "The
value of any commodity to the per"
son who possesses It, and who mean3
not to use it or consume it himself,'
but to exchange it for other commod-,
ities. is equal to the quantity of labor ,
which it enables him to purchase or
"Labor," says Smith, "Is the real
measure of the exchangeable value of
Then we read from Smith as fol-.
lows: "The real price of everything"
. . . is the toil and trouble of acquir-;
ing it. What everything Is really,
worth to the man who has acquired,
it, and who wants to dispose of it or
exchange it. for something else, la the
toil and the trouble which it can
save to himself, and which it can Im
pose upon other people. What is
bought with money or with goods is
purchased by labor, as much as what
we acquire by the toil of our own
body. That money or those goods In
deed save us this toil. . . . Labor was
the first price, the original purchase
money that was paid for all things.
It was not by gold or by silver, but
by labor, that all the wealth of tha
world was originally purchased; and
its value to those who possess it, and
who want to exchange it for new pro
ductions, is ''precisely equal to the
quantity of labor which it can enable
them to purchase." r
I am quoting from the 5th chapter
of the Wealth of Nations by Adam
Smith, which chapter is entitled "Of
the real and nominal price of com
modities, or of their price in labor,
and their price in money." ... He
takes the ground that "labor is the
real measure of value." You notice
he does not say "standard of value,"
a phrase we use so much in modern
times. He is looking for something
that will serve as a measure of value;
and this something he concludes, must
be a commodity that Is the product Of
labor. He argues that although la
bor is the "real measure of value,"
yet labor cannot be used in every-dayj
life as a measure. On this point he
says: "Every commodity is more
frequently exchanged for, and there
by compared with, other commodities
than with labor. It is more natural
therefore to estimate its changeable
value by the quantity of some other
commodity than by that of the labor
which it can purchase. The greater
part of people, too, understand better
what is meant by a quantity of a par
ticular commodity, than by a quan
tity of labor. The one is a plain and
palpable object; the other an abstract
notion, which, though it can be made
sufficiently intelligible, is not alto
gether so natural and obvious."
Exchanges of labor for labor takes
place in the .infancy of society. Af
terwards the people begin to exchange
commodities for commodities. This is
barter in its advanced stage. After
wards the community finds that there
is some one commodity which is uni
versally useful and which everybody,
wants. Then those who have more
of any one commodity than they can
use themselves, begin to exchange it
for that one commodity which every
body wants. This one single com
modity is called money, and those
who have a superfluity of one or more
commodities, begin to exchange them
for the commodity called money. This
commodity becomes acceptable, first,
because taxes can be paid with it;
secondly, because damages adjudged
to be paid by the courts, can be paid
thereby; third, fines and all penalties
can be paid thereby; fourth, rents
are discharged thereby. What the
landlord and government will accept
for rent and taxes the merchant,
manufacturer and labor will accept,
for their goods and labor.
Smith insists that although labor is
the "real price" of commodities, yet
money is the "nominal price" of com
modities. His idea is, that money
(gold or silver) gets its value from
the quantity of labor necessary to
mine and bring these commodities to
market. In this respect both Ri
cardo and Smith agree. This, however,
is a disputed point. Undoubtedly the
value of gold and silver ought to de
pend upon tin quantity of labor nec
essary to mine and bring them to
market. But nations are not doing
business as they ought to be doing.
Mr. Del Mar has made a long and
laborious examination of this matter.
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