On ‘The Power of Money in Bourgeois Society’

By possessing the property of buying everything, by possessing the property of appropriating all objects, money is thus the object of eminent possession.  The universality of its property is the omnipotence of its being.  It therefore functions as the almighty being.  Money is the pimp between man’s need and the object, between his life and his means of life. XXXXXXXXXXX         -Marx, ‘The Power of Money in Bourgeois Society’

In this piece from The Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts, Marx describes the miraculous power of money under capitalism — a “visible divinity” and a “common whore, the common pimp of people and nations.”

The lust for money as expressed in popular culture would therefore come as no surprise to Marx.  “Everything You Wanted to Know about Marx but Were Afraid  to Ask Gucci Mane,” a multi-part series in Jacobin magazine by Malcolm Harris is an excellent exploration of this theme in Gucci Mane’s 2010 album “The Appeal.”  As Harris notes, in the album’s 5th track, “Making Love to The Money,” the “conditioned need to accumulate has turned to an erotic drive.”

See more here: On Gucci Mane and Capital Part I: “Feeling Brand New”

On Gucci Mane and Capital Part II: “She’ll Go to War with Anybody”


One response to “On ‘The Power of Money in Bourgeois Society’

  1. This is a great connection between Marx’s theory and our current society. Marx had the ideology that material was the control or the basis of our realities, not the other way around as per Feuerbach. I think Marx’s ideology is more relevant to the structure of our society. Coming from a capitalist point of view, most people or groups on the top of the capitalists pyramid are those with money. Society idolizes these individuals or groups, while they try to make a living. This article by Malcom Harris is a good representation of how Marx’s theory can be a part of our current society.

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