Karl Marx quote about money from Das Kapital - Hence, money may be dirt, although dirt is not money.
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Hence, money may be dirt, although dirt is not money.
 Karl Marx, Das Kapital (1867). copy citation

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Author Karl Marx
Source Das Kapital
Topic money dirt
Date 1867
Language English
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Note Translated by Samuel Moore and Edward Aveling
Weblink https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/download/pdf/Capital-Volume-...

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“When they assume this money-shape, commodities strip off every trace of their natural use-value, and of the particular kind of labour to which they owe their creation, in order to transform themselves into the uniform, socially recognised incarnation of homogeneous human labour. We cannot tell from the mere look of a piece of money, for what particular commodity it has been exchanged. Under their money-form all commodities look alike. Hence, money may be dirt, although dirt is not money. We will assume that the two gold pieces, in consideration of which our weaver has parted with his linen, are the metamorphosed shape of a quarter of wheat. The sale of the linen, C—M, is at the same time its purchase, M—C.” source

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