[OPE-L:2073] Re:metaphor or what?

glevy@acnet.pratt.edu (glevy@acnet.pratt.edu)
Sat, 4 May 1996 04:56:48 -0700

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Massimo asked in [OPE-L:2072]:

> "A great deal of capital, which appears today in the United States
> without any birth-certificate, was yesterday, in England,
> the capitalised blood of children." (V.I. p. 921)

> I guess also the quote could be dismissed on the ground that
> it represents a simple metaphor, in which case I would like
> ask: a metaphor for what? May I have your distinguished
> views on the matter

It's a vampire metaphor, of course. Taking the metaphor literally, one
could refer to labor as "undead labor" -- neither completely living or
truly dead.

In OPE-L Solidarity,


PS: I'm still waiting for someone to identify the author and title of the
book that the quote on the transformation came from.