Commodities Quotes

Quotes tagged as "commodities" (showing 1-13 of 13)
Angela Carter
“In a world where women are commodities, a woman who refuses to sell herself will have the thing she refuses to sell taken away from her by force”
Angela Carter

Mango Wodzak
“No decent person deliberately chooses to be violent or cruel. We must remove our blinkers and learn that in order to live according to our true values, we need to stop viewing animals as commodities to be used, abused and killed for our own selfish benefit.”
Mango Wodzak, The Eden Fruitarian Guidebook

Jim Rogers
“Nearly every time I strayed from the herd, I've made a lot of money. Wandering away from the action is the way to find the new action.”
Jim Rogers

Karl Marx
“As exchange-values, all commodities are merely definite quantities of congealed labour-time.”
Karl Marx, Capital, Vol 1: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production

Ivan Illich
“Our market-intensive societies measure material progress by the increase in the volume and variety of commodities produced. And taking our cue from this sector, we measure social progress by the distribution of access to these commodities. Economics has been developed as propaganda for the takeover by large-scale commodity producers.”
Ivan Illich, The Right to Useful Unemployment and Its Professional Enemies

Tristan Sherwin
“we will never be truly capable of ‘loving our neighbour’ as long as we continue to view the people around us as commodities, capital or competition”
Tristan Sherwin, Love: Expressed

“I own an indie bookshop, if I tried to tell customers that their view of a book was wrong I wouldn't even be able to pay the rent!”
A. Cretan

Jim Rogers
“According to the media and other stock market "experts," the equities bull is forever hiding just around that next corner on Wall Street. But millions of investors who listened to the experts back in 1998-2001 about "the New Economy" get hammered in the stock market and are still trying to get back to even.

The smart investor looks for opportunities to acquire value on the cheap, with one eye out for a dynamic change in the offing that might make that investment even more valuable.”
Jim Rogers, Hot Commodities : How Anyone Can Invest Profitably in the World's Best Market

Ivan Illich
“In an advanced industrial society it becomes almost impossible to seek, even to imagine, unemployment as a condition for autonomous, useful work. The infrastructure of society is arranged so that only the job gives access to the tools of production...Housework, handicrafts, subsistence agriculture, radical technology, learning exchanges, and the like are degraded into activities for the idle, the unproductive, the very poor, or the very rich. A society that fosters intense dependence on commodities thus turns its unemployed into either its poor or its dependents.”
Ivan Illich

Paul Murray
“Life is a precious commodity, Charles. It’s time you achieved your full potential and learned the true value of things.” “You’re talking like a Stalinist!” I cried. “People don’t get jobs to achieve things and learn values! They do it because they have to, and then they use whatever’s left over to buy themselves nice things that make them feel less bad about having jobs!”
Paul Murray

Karl Marx
“We also understand, therefore, that wages and private property are identical. Indeed, where the product, as the object of labor, pays for labor itself, there the wage is but a necessary consequence of labor’s estrangement. Likewise, in the wage of labor, labor does not appear as an end in itself but as the servant of the wage...

An enforced increase of wages (disregarding all other difficulties, including the fact that it would only be by force, too, that such an increase, being an anomaly, could be maintained) would therefore be nothing but better payment for the slave, and would not win either for the worker or for labor their human status and dignity.

Indeed, even the equality of wages, as demanded by Proudhon, only transforms the relationship of the present-day worker to his labor into the relationship of all men to labor. Society would then be conceived as an abstract capitalist.

Wages are a direct consequence of estranged labor, and estranged labor is the direct cause of private property. The downfall of the one must therefore involve the downfall of the other.”
Karl Marx, Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844