Interactive Cake

nero When it comes to allocating society’s surplus wealth, capitalists, the reigning story goes, always know best.

So, one might ask: Beyond perpetuating existing core institutions like big business marketing and cars-first transportation, what new wonders does our corporate overclass hope to deliver, in this, the epoch of peaking resources, crumbling ecosystems, and unresolved extreme inequality and fractiousness?

Interactive Disney cakes.

Renews one’s appreciation for supposedly “crude” predictions that “at a certain stage of their development, the material productive forces of society come in conflict with the existing relations of production, …with the property relations within which they have been at work hitherto. From forms of development of the productive forces these relations turn into their fetters.”

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  1. Marx was under censorship when he wrote that, so it’s a bit more obscure than usual. But it’s a famous quote because it has long been used to paint Marx as crudely saying that his weird-sounding terms formed some kind of machine in themselves. What Marx was actually saying, of course, was that the economic needs and possibilities (“material productive forces”) of societies can be trampled on and ignored by ruling classes (“relations of production/property relations”) who once served to advance them. So, here we are, desperately needing a worldwide effort to use what we now know about reality to render modern life ecologically sustainable, and our overclass is inventing holographic birthday cakes…

    Marx, meanwhile, is still “crude.”

    I’m not one to deny that Marx and Engels dabbled in crude “motor of history” arguments, or that they also wasted a lot of time on silly infighting. Certainly, one has to update them and correct the spots where they were creatures of their early-democracy age. But they definitely had their moments.

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