Third, capital, the spawn of alienated labor, is demonic and vampiric. It is a nonactual sensuous shape, a ghost whose source of movement lies outside itself. But it has reversed the direction of living labor’s appropriation of the external world and appropriated the source of life. […] By parasitically draining the life from labor, the circuit of commodification and the money form transmute capital into a vital being that endlessly augments its own value.
— Pheng Cheah, Spectral Nationality: Passages of Freedom from Kant to Postcolonial Literatures of Liberation, 197-98