Wage Labour and Capital

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Wage Labour and Capital (German: Lohnarbeit und Kapital) is an essay on economics written in 1847 by Karl Marx composed of lectures delivered by him to the German Workingmen’s Club of Brussels in the same year. It was first published in articles in the Neue Rheinische Zeitung in April 1849. It is widely considered to be the precursor to Marx’s influential treatise Das Kapital.[1] In this work, Marx delivers an in-depth economic and scientific observation on how the capitalist economy works, why it is exploitative, and why it will eventually implode from within.

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  1. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1978). Tucker, Robert C.. ed. The Marx-Engels Reader (2nd ed.). London: W. W. Norton & Company. pp. 203. ISBN 978-0-393-09040-6. "It may be said that what Marx produced in the lectures of late 1847 was the future argument of Capital in embryo."