Philosophy, June 18th

“It is by no means self-evident that the form of direct and universal exchangeability is an antagonistic form, as inseparable from its opposite, the form of non-direct exchangeability, as the positivity of one pole of a magnet is from the negativity of the other pole. This has allowed the illusion to arise that all commodities can simultaneously be imprinted with the stamp of direct exchangeability, in the same way that it might be imagined that all Catholics can be popes. It is, of course, highly desirable in the eyes of the petty bourgeois, who views the production of commodities as the absolute summit of human freedom and individual independence, that the inconveniences resulting from the impossibility of exchanging commodities directly, which are inherent in this form, should be removed.” – Karl Marx, Capital

“We have seen how money is changed into capital; how through capital surplus-value is made, and from surplus-value more capital. But the accumulation of capital presupposes surplus-value; surplus-value presupposes capitalistic production; capitalistic production presupposes the pre-existence of considerable masses of capital and of labor power in the hands of producers of commodities. The whole movement, therefore, seems to turn in a vicious circle, out of which we can only get by supposing a primitive accumulation (previous accumulation of Adam Smith) preceding capitalistic accumulation; an accumulation not the result of the capitalistic mode of production, but its starting point.” – Karl Marx, Capital

“When the people of the world don’t all love one another, then the strong inevitably dominate the weak, the many inevitably plunder the few, the rich inevitably ridicule the poor, the noble inevitably scorn the lowly and the cunning inevitably deceive the foolish. Within the world, in all cases, the reason why calamity, usurpation, resentment and hatred arise is because mutual love does not exist, which is why those who are ren condemn this state of affairs.” – Mo Zi, The Book of Master Mo

“The right to own or to hold property is inviolable.” – The Constitution of Japan

“A God’s name then, if that be the case, you must know, signor cavalier, that I am enchanted in this cage, thro’ envy and fraud of mischievous necromancers; for, virtue is always more persecuted by the wicked than beloved by the righteous: a knight-errant I am, though’ none of those whose names fame never enrolled in her eternal records; but, of that number, whom maugre, and in despite of Envy herself, and all the magi whom Persia ever produced, with the brahmans of India, and gymnosophists of Ethiopia, will leave their names engraved on the temple of immortality, as examples and patterns to succeeding ages, by which all knights-errant may see what steps they must follow, if they wish to attain the height and honorable summit of arms.” – Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

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