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Karl Marx

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A commodity appears, at first sight, a very trivial thing, and easily understood.Its analysis shows that it is, in reality, a very queer thing, abounding in metaphysical subtleties and theological niceties.
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Vol. I, Ch. 1, Section 4, pg.81

 
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