Thursday, January 29, 2009

Capitalism, Consumerism, and Waste

Tricksters alter a construction sign in Austin to warn about zombies on a morning when there happens to be no apparent worker bees of capital and labor in sight.

"...if the previously created productive forces, are periodically destroyed.” Or, as David Harvey puts it, since capital is always in danger of being choked by overproduction and overaccumulation, it must continually resort to “violent paroxysms” of “the devaluation, depreciation, and destruction of capital.” Specifically, this is what happens on a major scale in moments of economic crisis. But on a minor or “molecular” level, the conjunctive subject or consumer is itself always in crisis — and it can only alleviate this situation by indulging in another round of shopping, purchasing, and consuming."

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