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Marx, Karl, 1818-1883. Wage labour and capital - Image 22. 1932. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. May 28, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/4652/show/4621.

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Title Wage labour and capital
Creator (LCNAF)
  • Marx, Karl, 1818-1883
Contributor (LCNAF)
  • Engels, Friedrich, 1820-1895
Publisher International Publishers
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • New York, New York
Date 1932
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Wages
  • Capital
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  • pamphlets
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Extent 48 pages; 20 cm
Original Item Location HB301.M3813 1932
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Original Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
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Note Translation of Lohnarbeit und Kapital.
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Transcript 20 WAGE-LABOUR AND CAPITAL commodity that can pass from the hand of one owner to that of another. He himself is a commodity, but his labour-power is not his commodity. The serf sells 1 only a portion of his labour- power. It is not he who receives wages from the owner of the land; it is rather the owner of the land who receives a tribute from him. The serf belongs to the soil, and to the lord of the soil he brings its fruit. The free labourer, on the other hand, sells his very self, and that by fractions. He auctions off eight, ten, twelve, fifteen hours of his life, one day like the next, to the highest bidder, to the owner of raw materials, tools, and means of life, i.e., to the capitalist. The labourer belongs neither to an owner nor to the soil, but eight, ten, twelve, fifteen hours of his daily life belong to whomsoever buys them. The worker leaves the capitalist, to whom he has sold himself, as often as he chooses, and the capitalist discharges him as often as he sees fit, as soon as he no longer gets any use, or not the required use, out of him. But the worker, whose only source of income is the sale of his labour- power, cannot leave the whole class of buyers, i.e., the capitalist class, unless he gives up his own existence. He does not belong to this or to that capitalist, but to the capitalist class; and it is for him to find his man, i.e., to find a buyer in this capitalist class. Before entering more closely upon the relation of capital to wage-labour, we shall present briefly the most general conditions which come into consideration in the determination of wages. Wages, as we have seen, are the price of a certain commodity, labour-power. Wages, therefore, are determined by the same laws that determine the price of every other commodity. The question then is, How is the price of a commodity determined? 1 "Sell" is not a very exact expression, for serfdom in its purity did not involve any relations of buying and selling between the serf and the lord of the manor, the tributes of the former to the latter consisting in labour and in kind. It is evident that Marx uses here the word "sells" in the general sense of alienation.—Translator.