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Single Idea 20577

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 9. Communism]

Full Idea

Even if the workers are paid a fair wage, the whole thing still remains the age-old activity of the conqueror, who buys commodities from the conquered with the money has has stolen from them,

Gist of Idea

Even decently paid workers still have their produce bought with money stolen from them


Karl Marx (Capital Vol. 1 [1867], p.728), quoted by Johanna Oksala - Political Philosophy: all that matters Ch.8

Book Reference

Oksala,Johanna: 'Political Philosophy' [Hodder and Stoughton 2013], p.102

A Reaction

[Penguin edition cited] The word 'stolen' is obviously dubious here. 'Exploitation' is a much more accurate word. One might talk of 'blackmail' or 'extortion' rather than theft.