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cbertsch
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Remarks
It's Cinco de Mayo and that means that we also have a birthday to celebrate. Luckily, there's considerable overlap:
In and for itself, the exchange of commodities implies no other relations of dependence than those which result from its own nature. On this assumption, labour-power can appear on the market as a commodity only if, and in so far as, its possessor, the individual whose labour-power it is, offers it for sale or sells it as a commodity. In order that its possessor may sell it as a commodity, he must have it at his disposal, he must be the free proprietor of his own labour-capacity, hence of his person. He and the owner of money meet in the market, and enter into relations with each other on a footing of equality as owners of commodities, with the sole difference that one is a buyer, the other a seller; both are therefore equal in the eyes of the law. For this relation to continue, the proprietor of labour-power must always sell it for a limited period only, for if he were to sell it in a lump, once and for all, he would be selling himself, converting himself from a free man into a slave, from an owner of a commodity into a commodity.

-- Karl Marx, Capital, Volume I
Trust me when I say that the German reads more fluidly. This translation is clear enough, but a little awkward and fussy. Anybody want to drive down to 4th Street tomorrow to see this description in action? We can get a late breakfast at Bette's afterward.

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From: (Anonymous) Date: May 6th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Two birthdays...

It's also Kierkegaard’s birthday, May 5, 1813. The two greatest critics of Hegel born on the same day... What a coincidence.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 6th, 2006 02:41 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Two birthdays...

Now that I didn't know! With Freud tomorrow, it's heady couple of days.
masoo From: masoo Date: May 6th, 2006 10:36 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Happy birthday, Charlie! I'd rather read you than Marx anyday.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 6th, 2006 12:15 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Or listen to The Coup. . . :-)

Thanks!
masoo From: masoo Date: May 6th, 2006 12:17 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Speaking of old friends, I wonder if you saw this:

http://atrios.blogspot.com/2006_04_30_atrios_archive.html#114692633560961476
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