For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work


by Marx, Karl (1973)

Key Passage

As soon as labour in the direct form has ceased to be the great well-spring of wealth, labour time ceases and must cease to be its measure, and hence exchange value [must cease to be the measure] of use value. The surplus labour of the mass has ceased to be the condition for the development of general wealth, just as the non-labour of the few, for the development of the general powers of the human head. (p.701)


Marx, Political Economy, Marxism, Social Class, Capital, History, Historical Context


"Fragment on Machines"

Links to Reference


Fowkes, B.


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