Unlike nearly all other economists, Marx does not simply assume complete commodification as a given. For example, he lets us see the complete commodification of land as s historical process in which lands held in common are gradually taken over and enclosed by a powerful landlord class — often resulting in brutal expulsions of the commoners. By reminding us of this history, Marx also demonstrates the close connection between the commodification of land and the commodification of labour-power, for once peasants are denied access to the commons, they tend to increasingly have only their labour-power to sell to capital for a wage. Instead of simply assuming complete commodification of the land as some sort of magical fait accompli, or assuming a fully formed labour market, Marx sees them accurately as the result of a brutally violent and exclusionary historical process. (21)
From: Albritton, Robert. Let Them Eat Junk: How Capitalism Creates Hunger and Obesity. London: Pluto Press, 2009. Print.