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How the Commodity Relation Infects Our Language

Baby Money

An absolutely fantastic article taken from a fantastic new website called The Classless Classroom. 

Every time you tell a child, “Good job!” you are reinforcing the capitalist commodity relation as the fundamental relation in our society.  Our language polices us — we do not express ourselves freely.  Here are further examples:

  • We buy ourselves time, we save time, we invest our time wisely — meaning productively — and we spend our time, and must account for it.  After a long and taxing day slaving away on our work, we’re spentTime is money, and that’s how we treat it.
  • We are accountable.  We own our mistakes, and own up to our faults.  To overcome them, we must capitalize on our strengths.
  • We ask to be given some credit when not believed, and are discredited when proved wrong.  We prove we have been to school when we earn credit.
  • We want to be trusted.  We must earn trust. We earn a reputation, good or bad.
  • When unconvinced, we’re just not buying it.  We need to be sold on a new idea.
  • We can have a lot of class, or be classy.  It’s better than being low class.  No woman wants to look cheap, though we may sometimes like cheap thrills or a cheap laugh at someone else’s expense.  What we’d really like is a rich experience, a rich dessert, writing that is rich in detail.
  • We can pay attention, or lose interest.  We can change our minds.  Barely hanging in there?  We’ll manage.  Let’s act professional about it.  Deal with it.
  • We wage war.  Sin has wages, which are death.  But when you’re great, you’re money.  Others are in your debt.  They owe you, big-time.
  • Slaughter is wholesale — why pay retail?  Don’t get short-changed.  We can put paid to that idea.
  • We take stock of a situation, and stock up on supplies.
  • Pregnancy begins with oviproduction and ends in labor.  When relationships end, we’re back on the market.
  • You did a poor jobpoor you.  You did very poor work on your assignment.  But it will all work out, especially if you go to the gym like you’re supposed to and have a good work out.
  • Anything missing from this list?  It’s not a deal-breaker.  We may need to coin a phrase for it.
  • What if money really were no object?

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