THE COMMODITY FETISH TIMES

THE FETISHISM OF THE COMMODITY
AND ITS SECRET

Kapital, Chapter 1, pp.163-177

The mysterious character of the commodity form is due to the fact that a commodity, the product of labor, reflects human social relations embodied in its production and exchange.

For example: The magnitude of the value of commodities is a measure of the expenditure of human-labor power. Also, the social relationships between various producers translates into a social relation between the commodities they produce.

Thus, the commodity-form and value-relation between commodities have nothing to do with physical properties of the materials from which they are made but rather with the social relations involved in their production and exchange.

The fetishism with commodities arises from the social character of the labor which produced them. Material objects become commodities only because they are the product of laborers working individually from each other. It is only by being exchanged that the products of labor aquire uniformity of values distinct from their utility-producing or phyiscal properties. Thus, man-made material goods are artificially given a 'life' of their own ,i.e. value seemingly inherent in them.


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The commodity can only be understood in its undistorted essence when it becomes the universal category of society as a whole. Only in this context does the reification produced by commodity relations assume decisive importance both for the objective evolution of society and for the stance adopted by men towards it. Only then does the commodity become crucial for the subjugation of men's consciousness to the forms in which this reification finds expression.... As labor is progressively rationalized and mechanized man's lack of will is reinforced by the way in which his activity becomes less and less active and more and more contemplative.

Lukacs, History and Class Consciousness

The Commodity as Spectacle

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WORKERS AND THE CRISIS

OF GLOBALIZATION



THE ECLIPSE

AND RE-EMERGENCE OF COMMUNISM



REVOLUTIONARY UNIONISM



ANARCHISM & SYNDICALISM



WORKERS COUNCILS

BEYOND TRADE UNIONISM




LEFT WING
POLITICAL ECONOMY




PEOPLE BEFORE PROFITS

THE NEW IMPERIALISM

TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS AND FREE TRADE




THE GENERAL STRIKE

Historical articles on the General Strike, current and past.

Also see Labour History and The World Is Our Picket Line for more on labour struggles around the world past and present.



WORKERS RESISTANCE


ON THE GLOBALIZED INFOBAHN



ANTI-CAPITAL RESOURCES





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