das kapital essay 1

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Bronne Bruzgo Catherine Wanner HIST 142 February 7, 1008 Use Value, Exchange Value, Surplus Value… Exploitive Value In 1867, Karl Marx published his book Das Kapital, an extensive work on how capitalism is a flawed, exploitive system. To understand how capitalism is a fundamentally oppressive, Marx breaks down how the system works. He begins by explaining commodities. Capitalism centers around the exchange of commodities. A commodity can be anything that is for sale, ranging from food to gold. Marx explains, “A commodity is, in the first place, an object outside us, a thing that by its properties satisfies human wants of some sort or another. The nature of such wants, whether, for instance, they spring from the stomach or from fancy makes no difference.” (Capital). All commodities possess value. The first type of value is a commodity’s “Use value.” Use value is, quite simply put, how useful a certain object is. Take food for example. Corn has a use value because it is a food and can be used to feed people. Iron has a use value because it can be used to build buildings and equip armies. The use value of any given commodity is already set when that object is created; the amount of work
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