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"Capital itself is the moving contradiction, [in] that it presses to reduce labour time to a minimum, while it posits labour time, on the other hand, as the sole measure and source of wealth. Hence it diminishes labour time in the necessary form so as to increase it in its superfluous form; hence posits the superfluous in growing measure as a condition - a question of life or death - for the necessary."
— Karl Marx, Grundrisse. (via