Karl Marx quote about price from Das Kapital - But if the labourers could live on air they could not be bought at any price.
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But if the labourers could live on air they could not be bought at any price.
 Karl Marx, Das Kapital (1867). copy citation

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Author Karl Marx
Source Das Kapital
Topic price needs workers
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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“Wages do not contribute, along with labour, to the production of commodities, no more than the price of tools contributes along with the tools themselves. If labour could be had without purchase, wages might be dispensed with.» 36
But if the labourers could live on air they could not be bought at any price. The zero of their cost is therefore a limit in a mathematical sense, always beyond reach, although we can always approximate more and more nearly to it. The constant tendency of capital is to force the cost of labour back towards this zero.” source

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