Das Kapital  

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"Capital is dead labour which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labour… By incorporating living labour-power into the material constituents of capital, the latter becomes an animated monster."--Das Kapital, 1867, Karl Marx


"[In] the religious world[,] the productions of the human brain appear as independent beings endowed with life, and enter into relation both with one another and the human race. So it is in the world of commodities with the products of men's hands. This I call the Fetishism which attaches itself to the products of labour, so soon as they are produced as commodities[.]" --Das Kapital, 1867, Karl Marx

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Das Kapital, also called Capital. A Critique of Political Economy (1867–1883) by Karl Marx is a foundational theoretical text in materialist philosophy, economics and politics.

Marx aimed to reveal the economic patterns underpinning the capitalist mode of production in contrast to classical political economists such as Adam Smith, Jean-Baptiste Say, David Ricardo and John Stuart Mill. While Marx did not live to publish the planned second and third parts, they were both completed from his notes and published after his death by his colleague Friedrich Engels. Das Kapital is the most cited book in the social sciences published before 1950.

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