Wednesday, May 16, 2001

This is an interesting article connecting the social and political problems of addiction to globalism and ultra-capitalism. Our social conditions lead us to be addicted to many things, but for various reasons only some of our addictions are labelled 'problems'. It is extremely unlikely that there would ever be large economic changes to reduce the problematic addictions as: 1) these addictions don't tend to affect the elites, and 2) the elites make a lot of money catering to these addictions. Turbo-capitalism causes the addiction and then, through the miracle of the free market system, makes money selling the addictive substances. (It is instructive of how far Marx has fallen out of popularity in academic thought that he is hardly mentioned at all in the article and there is no reference to the concept of 'commodity fetishism'.)