RE: [OPE] Francis Wheen, "Kapital crimes"

Date: Sun Mar 02 2008 - 09:41:54 EST

I am putting Wheen's emphasis (using *s, instead of italics) back in 
his article. / In solidarity, Jerry
> But there> was a purpose in his perversity. Look at his choice of verbs in the very> first sentence: "The wealth of societies in which the capitalist mode> of production prevails appears as an 'immense collection of commodities';> the individual commodity *appears as* its elementary form." (My> italics.) > > > We are entering a world of apparitions, of> delusion and hallucinatory topsy-turvydom, in which inanimate objects -> commodities, whether an iPod or a fashionable handbag - acquire tremendous> life and vigour, while the toiling humans who produce them are reduced to> the status of inanimate machines. They are menaced by their own creation,> like Frankenstein and his monster, as Marx reminds us. 

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