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Clarke on Fetishism and the problem of labour today

From the CSE Labour Debate: “The problem of labour today is not a problem of a lack of consciousness or the lack of a desire to change the world. The problem is how to change a world which is, to … Continue reading

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Fetishism and natural history

The latest iteration of an article I have been developing in light of Marx’s monetary theory of value and the relation between his use of fetishism, natural history and primitive accumulation: This article posits a new interpretation of how Marx … Continue reading

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Foucault on Fetishism and Money

Finally getting around to reading Foucault’s comments on money in the recently translated lectures The Will To Know. They initially piqued my interest because I caught reference to the fact that Foucault makes the claim that forms of thought, such … Continue reading

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Colletti on fetishism, science and revolutionary negation.

I think the following excerpt demonstrates, not only that Colletti was an incisive reader of Marx, but that more of his work should be translated. Hopefully someone who is fluent in French, Italian and German will write what would be … Continue reading

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A succinct distinction between fetish-character and fetishism.

The following passage gives a very succinct distinction between the fetish characteristic properties things have as bearers of value in the social ontology of capital and the fetishistic analysis of political economists, who trans-historicise these conditions: “The stupidity of this … Continue reading

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Fetish Character and personification in 18661-63 Continued.

Another of Marx’s summary notes that recall the logic of the fragmentary argument he presents over the course of the 1861-63 manuscripts. I highlight it for the continued emphasis on personification and the fetish characteristic properties of value. Note here … Continue reading

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On the dissolution of fetish forms.

Some great passages on Marx’s notes on real and formal subsumption in the 1861-63 manuscripts such as the following which gestures towards the historical specificity of the social ontology of capitalist labour as expressed in the fetish characteristic forms of … Continue reading

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The fetish characteristic properties of profit in 1861-63.

wow! A passage I reaaaally wish I had put in my thesis. Shocked I can’t recall seeing it any value-form literature. “In this quite alienated form of profit and in the same measure as the form of profit hides its … Continue reading

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Fetish Character and Value in 1861-63 Continued.

What I think is another key passage that anticipates the Trinity Formula on the fetish characteristic properties of the forms of revenue in capitalism.  Here Marx again makes recourse to the religion and fetishism to describe value. But as he … Continue reading

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