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Attempts to use commodities to construct theories of value and use such value theory to claim that, in capitalism, commodities can be exploited, just like labour is, rest on two conceptual flaws: (a) failure to distinguish between labour and labour-power; and (b) failure to distinguish labour-power and other commodities. One way to avoid these conceptual mistakes is to use the labour theory of value.
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Basu, Deepankar, "Exploitation of Labour or Exploitation of Commodities?" (2020). Economics Department Working Paper Series. 297.