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Commodity Fetishism

Commodity fetishism
StephenDunne

Definition: To suggest that the value of any given commodity can be isolated at the level of consumption, rather than traced back to the sphere(s) of production, is to succumb to commodity fetishism.

Wherever there is capitalism, there will be commodities. Any analysis of capitalism must therefore engage in an analysis of what the individual commodity is and of how this individual commodity fits into the broader capitalist economy. So it was within the classical works of political economy, such as those written by Adam Smith, David Ricardo and John Stuart Mill. So it was also within the work of Karl Marx, who set out to write nothing less than a critique of the political economy of his predecessors, that is, a critique ...

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