A Capital Teaser Tuesday


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser this week comes from Karl Marx’s Capital Volume I page 283:

The use of labour-power is labour itself.  The purchaser of labour-power consumes it by setting the seller of it to work.  By working, the latter becomes in actuality what previously he only was potentially, namely labour-power in action, a worker.  In order to embody his labour in commodities, he must above all embody it in the use-values, things which serve to satisfy needs of one kind or another.  Hence what the capitalist sets the worker to produce is a particular use-value, a specific article.

Please feel free to share yours below!

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Husband, book lover, Civil War Buff. If I could read for a living I would, but unfortunately, it doesn't pay the bills!

4 Responses to “A Capital Teaser Tuesday”

    • There are definitely points where it has been difficult, in particular the third chapter. It’s getting a bit easier. I’m also reading a companion book to it so I can expand my understanding of the work. Thanks!

  1. Sounds like an interesting topic and I’m intrigued. Sounds like the presentation is a bit pedantic. I think I’d prefer the Reader’s Digest version in simple English.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

    • There are some points where it is a bit pedantic. I think that has something to do with the time period it was written in, plus the topic is economically based.

      Capital was translated from German, and having read many books translated into English, you can tell that you definitely lose something in the translation. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to learn German… 🙂

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