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Marx quote - .do they all.work together to their mutual...

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Labor Markets [“The Sphere of Circulation”]: “This sphere, …., within whose boundaries the the sale and purchase of labour-power goes on, is in fact a very Eden of the innate rights of man. There alone rule Freedom, Equality, Property and Bentham. Freedom, because both buyer and seller of a commodity, say of labour-power, are constrained only by their own free will. They contract as free agents, and the agreement they come to, is but the form in which they give legal expression to their free will. Equality , because each enters into relation with the other, as with a simple owner of commodities, and they exchange equivalent for equivalent. Property , because each disposes only of what is his own. And Bentham , because each looks only to himself. The only force that brings them together and puts them in relation with each other, is the selfishness, the gain and private interests of each… and just because they do so,.
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Unformatted text preview: .do they all . ..work together to their mutual advantage, for the common weal and in the interest of all. The Sphere of Production: Accompanied by Mr. Moneybags and by the possessor of labour-power, we therefore take leave for a time of this noisy sphere [of circulation], where everything takes place on the surface and in view of all men, and follow them both into the hidden abode of production, on whose threshold there stares us in the face “No admittance except on business”. On leaving thise sphere of circulation… we think we can perceive a change in the physiognomy of our dramatis personae . He, who before was the money-owner, now strides in front as the capitalist; the possessor of labour-power follows as his labourer. The one with an air of importance, smirking, intent on business; the other, timid and holding back, like one who is bringing his own hide to market and has nothing to expect but-- a hiding....
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This note was uploaded on 12/26/2011 for the course ECON 250A taught by Professor Kuhn during the Fall '09 term at UCSB.

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