In this section we discover one more characteristic of the commodity: its ability and tendency to be fetishized. Marx begins by elaborating on how the ostensibly concrete categories of mainstream political-economy, specifically the commodity, are not a complete account of the social relations of production. The problem is that the bourgeois political-economists take the commodity-form for granted; they grasp it at the level of appearance only, and thus fetishize it. Marx will go on to debunk the Robinson Crusoe example to illustrate this point: the hypothetical situation of a lone Briton on his sunny island is totally at odds with the social character of labor.
October 27, 2009
On Marx’s “The Fetishism of Commodities and the Secret Thereof”
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