When We Read Capital Volume I By Karl Marx, It Can Certainly

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When we read Capital Volume I by Karl Marx, it can certainly seem as though Marx was promoting an individuality in the worker and claiming the way people in a capitalist society behave is unnatural due to being constricted to the system of capitalism. This unnatural system then leads the worker and the capitalist to act in certain ways contrary to what is natural, this leading to an exploitative relationship between the two. However, this view of Marx’s belief neglects the fact that Marx himself equated the worker with economic categories, which are owned and controlled by industrialists and business owners. By exploring how Marx made it abundantly clear that “(The capitalist) proceeds to consume the commodity, the labour-power he has…show more content…
The problem with those assumptions is that it fails to take into account how Marx consistently diminished the worker and dropped him to the level of a commodity. He makes this clear when he states, ““(The capitalist) proceeds to consume the commodity, the labour-power he has just bought.” In this sentence, Marx is explicitly stating how the workers are not individuals, rather “commodities” that are used by their owners. According to the New Oxford American dictionary a commodity is, “A raw material or primary agricultural product.” With that definition in mind, if Marx wanted to humanize the worker, why would he ever describe them as a tool for the capitalists to use whenever and however they wanted? In addition to that, he states that when a capitalist buys the labor of a worker, the capitalist has the right to use him and his power in any way he wants just like, “a horse he had horse for the day.” It just shows that ultimately, Marx looked at the work as a vulnerable good, in an economic category, that could be used by its owner rather than an individual person. Furthermore, if Marx truly felt that the worker was not just a tool of the capitalist and actually a individual, he would not have stressed that once a worker enters the workplace, he is essentially owned by his employer. Specifically, he stated that, “From the instant he (worker) steps into the
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