Capitalism and Art

Art and the media are quite relevant topics given the prominence of the #MeToo movement, Donald Trump’s tirades against the free press, and the recent campaigns to diversify ethnic representation in popular culture. It seems that, for all of their relevance to Marxism and the analysis of capitalism, there is an interesting lack of Marxist voices in the discussion. Perhaps this is indicative of the general Marxist unwillingness to analyze current events without the grand abstractions from the real world necessary to connect theory with theory. Either way, this unwillingness is an issue, as any kind of relevancy will rely on purposefully remaining relevant, obviously. Continue reading

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Marx and Capitalist Socialization

Society is characterized by three basic components: humans and their interactions, the implicit product of those interactions, and the explicit product of those interactions. One characteristic of the human species that sets it apart from others is its advanced systems of social organization. As these systems have advanced, they have allowed an aggregation of society. Human interaction is not individual anymore, there is no real isolated interaction. Every individual and their interactions are subject to aggregated society through the processes of socialization and the forces of the status quo. Continue reading