Philosophy, June 3rd

“To say that the intervention of wage-labor adulterates commodity production is to say that commodity production must not develop if it is to remain unadulterated. To the extent that commodity production, in accordance with its own immanent laws, undergoes a further development into capitalist production, the property laws of commodity production must undergo a dialectical inversion so that they become laws of capitalist appropriation.” – Karl Marx, Das Kapital

“The packing together of knots of men in scattered little villages and small country towns corresponds to the forcible draining of men from the surface of the land. The continuous superseding of the agricultural laborer’s, despite their diminishing number and the increasing mass of their products, gives birth to their pauperism. Their pauperism is ultimately a motive to their eviction and the chief source of their miserable housing which breaks down their last power of resistance and makes them more slaves of the landed proprietors and the farmers.” – Karl Marx, Das Kapital

“Every disposition has its own appreciation of what is fine and pleasant; and probably what makes the man of good character stand out furthest is the fact that he sees the truth in every kind of situation: he is a sort of standard and yardstick of what is fine and pleasant. Most people seem to owe their deception to pleasure, which appears to them to be a good although it is not; consequently, they choose what is pleasant as a good, and avoid pain as an evil.” – Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics

“Yes, I said; and we have further acknowledged that the governors, when appointed themselves, will take their soldiers and place them in houses such as we were describing, which are common to all; and contain nothing private, or individual; and about their property, you remember what we agreed?” – Plato, The Republic

“He did not, however, look upon himself as unhappy, because this misfortune was, in his opinion, peculiar to knights-errant, and that he was not able to rise on account of the innumerable bruises he had received, he ascribed entirely to the fault of his horse.” – Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

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