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Everyone knows that we as humans need only a few material things for survival food clothing and shelter Yet the capitalist society in which we live today is centered around the production marketing and exchange of commodities no matter how trivial and useless they may be It follows then that capitalists in their constant search for profit must engineer reasons for us to buy their products They must convince us that while yes we can live without them we cannot live happily without them They do this by attributing seemingly magical personalitites to those products This fetish which is exemplified in every diamond ring converts societal relations involving people into relations involving things Since labor has become abstract we are no longer conscious of the methods of human labor that produces commodities and we are thus left with only the market factions to classify the value of these goodsand the qualities of our lives To deepen our understanding let us first examine what a commodity is and why its so special A commodity is anything produced for exchangeby its properties it satisfies some type of human desire The odd thing about a commodity is it leads a double life so to speak It is a product of labour made not just for use but for exchange Once a product has been put up for sale it obtains an attribute that is not naturally there exchangeablitiy For example a diamond can be used for its asthetics or to cut glass its use-value or it can be sold for moneyits value Interestingly before capitalism production in most parts of the world was production for use Aristotle said that of everthing we posses there are two uses One is the proper use the second is improper A sandal for example is properly used as footwear But this same sandle can also be exchanged for food or money It is true exchange is also a use
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