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Single Idea 23876

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 11. Capitalism]

Full Idea

Marx discovered a formula impossible to surpass when he said that the essence of capitalism lies in the subordination of subject to object, of man to thing.

Gist of Idea

The essence of capitalism is the subordination of people to things


report of Karl Marx (works [1860]) by Simone Weil - Fragments: London 1943 p,155

Book Reference

Weil,Simone: 'Oppression and Liberty' [Routledge 1955], p.155

A Reaction

I find this rather too vague to be a penetrating observation. I would suggest the obliteration of cooperation and community, in favour of competition. Winners and losers.