Thursday, June 21, 2007

What is a natural resource?

We use clay from the riverbank,

water from Lake Michigan,

zebra mussels from the lake (over-populated foreign invader from international shipping),

glass from our local brewery,

wool for felt from the sheep near us,

and perhaps kellog's corn flakes (invented here).

If, as Marx writes, a commodity fetish obscures the mode of production, what can we gain by understanding our entire system of production (material and labor)?

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