Monday, June 06, 2005
il dio che non muore?
mario pischedda, alogical dive
Money in capitalist societies stands for alienation, detachment, impersonal society, the outside; its origins lie beyond our control. Relations marked by the absence of money are the model of personal integration and free association, of what we take to be familiar, the inside. Commodities are “goods” because we consume them in person, but we find it difficult to embrace money, the means of their exchange, as “good” because it belongs to a sphere that is indifferent to morality and, in some sense, stays there. The good life, instead of uniting work and home, is restricted to what takes place in the latter. This institutional dualism, forcing individuals to divide themselves, asks too much of us. People want to integrate division, to make some meaningful connection between themselves as subjects and society as an object. It helps that money, as well as being the means of separating public and domestic life, was always the main bridge between the two. That is why money must be central to any attempt to humanize society. Today it is both the principal source of our vulnerability in society and the main practical symbol allowing each of us to make an impersonal world meaningful. If Emile Durkheim said we worship society and call it God, then money is the God of capitalist society.
Keith Hart, The Hit Man’s Dilemma - On business, personal and impersonal
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