"...labor, land and money are obviously notcommodities; the postulate that anything that is bought and sold must have been produced for sale is emphatically untrue in regard to them... Labor is only another name for a human activity which goes with life itself... nor can that activity be detached from the rest of life... land is only another name for nature, which is not produced by man; actual money, finally, is merely a token of purchasing power which, as a rule, is not produced at all, but comes into being through the mechanism of banking or state finance." 

 

― Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time

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