Posts Tagged ‘deconstruction’

Commodification and Linguistic Anarchism

January 6, 2017

Commodification

To think of things as commodities is to be part of a religion. This religion took the form of capitalism and dominates society today. Just as metaphysical Christian ideas have real, physical consequences, metaphysical commodity ideas have real, physical consequences. Just as Christian practices reinforce the belief in Christian values, capitalist practices reinforce the belief in commodity values.

Religions have come and gone, but since feudal monarchy was defeated in 1918, capitalism has ruled over all incompatible worldviews. The commodification of the planet is increasing as is the belief in commodity value and there is no indication that it will slow down. Competition between different worldviews leads to conflicts between worldviews if they include a system of reward for their believers. In addition, commodity values are limited by the demand for commodities, which creates competition over profit within capitalism.

The struggle for profit is increasingly focused on quick gains. The past is beyond more commodification and the future is difficult to commodify because it’s uncertain, particularly in the long term. Hence, the commodification of the present is increasing. Commodity values are not inherently evil, if they’re temporary or only occur on a small scale there’s not much to worry about, but once it becomes systematic the relative nature of these values establishes a praxis that overrules the real, subjective evaluation it’s based on and it is this systemic practice we call capitalism.

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On Permanence

November 21, 2011

Physics tells us that everything in the universe might be a wave. But if you look around you don’t see any waves. The walls, the trees, the body all look solid. Stars are made of hydrogen fusing into helium, smaller objects in space are made of stone, iron, ice et cetera. There’s a lot of waves, infrared, radio waves, maybe even gravity is a wave (not a scientific proposition), but the rest of the tangible universe is made of atoms. Matter is colloquially atoms. 1% is supposed to be matter, 30% dark matter, 70% dark energy, whatever that means. Either way, we perceive these objects, stars, planets et cetera, as fixed objects. Each day we wake up assuming the Earth, the Sun, the Moon, the stars are still there. We assume that the bed has remained in the same spot as when we fell asleep, that the trees next to the path we walk everyday are still there and that our bodies remain the same. We assume that the North American continental plate has not split in half. Isn’t this a bit strange?

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