Since CounterPunch invoked Marx..
“Capital is dead labour, that, vampire-like, only lives by sucking living labour, and lives the more, the more labour it sucks.”
— Marx, Karl, Capital: A Critique of Political Economy, Vol. I. The Process of Capitalist Production. Frederick Engels, Ernest Untermann, eds. Samuel Moore, Edward Aveling, trans. 1906. Library of Economics and Liberty. 17 August 2016. <http://www.econlib.org/library/YPDBooks/Marx/mrxCpA10.html>.