Blog Post #1: The Power of Money in Bourgeois Society

Karl Marx writes that money, in essence, defies the natural limits of human capabilities. One’s power is indefinite based on the amount of money they possess. There is nothing that, if offered the right price, one cannot attain. In today’s society, we see this played out in several different ways, large and small. One can achieve their constructed idea of beauty through paying for plastic surgery, implants, lifts, hair removal, etc.  If someone wants talent, they can pay for the best couches. If someone wants love, they can buy that too. Marx writes that, “what I am and am capable of is by no means determined by my individuality…I am bad, dishonest, unscrupulous, stupid; but money is honored, and therefore so is its possessor.” (p. 49, col. 2) I think this is why so many people equate money to happiness. Through money, people can become what they are innately not. Or at least that is the illusion that many people “buy” into. Living in a consumer society, it is hard to resist believing the lie myself. We are constantly bombarded with things that will supposedly make us happier, whether it is owning the latest technology or stylish clothing. Money is the most powerful object one can have and that binds society together, encompassing all relationships.

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3 responses to “Blog Post #1: The Power of Money in Bourgeois Society

  1. Sadly it is true, especially with the rise in poverty, which has lead to a hunger for money. Something that caught my eye though is how you stated money can even buy love. Interestingly enough I learned in my family class that even centuries ago marriages were arranged for money and business purposes. This just goes to show that marrying for wealth has been around for long, and even in today’s society money continues to overpower love in many cases.

  2. This is why some would opposed capitalism because is distorted reality and threatens the morale fiber of society

  3. I really enjoyed reading your post Shannon. I think that if we really think about the control money has over us, we can just think of things that we do in our every day lives. Most adult American’s wake up in the morning and head to some type of school or work environment. We do these things because we need to make a living or wish to make a living that will provide us with a good income. I think this is a more grand scheme understanding of money. In relation to Marx, I think that we are so heavily influenced by our material world and our material desires. We live in consumer nation and we over indulge. Americans celebrate with material items. As a society, we have been conditioned to think that we need to look a certain way in order to be accepted or we need to possess the finest of material items in order to be accepted. I enjoy the quote you used by Marx. I think that those characteristics he attributed to the control money has over them are very relevant to our society and how people act when it comes to money.

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