[Marxism] Capitalist ideology

Philip Ferguson philipferguson8 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 13 11:08:19 MST 2018

Why do people accept capitalist ideology as common sense? Why are the
problems of capitalist society typically seen as problems of society in
general? For instance, the fact that hundreds of millions of people in the
world go without even basic nourishment, shelter and clothing is usually
said to be a problem of ‘overpopulation’ rather than one of capitalist
social relations under which profit rates over-ride people’s actual needs.
Similarly, inequality is seen as the result of people’s different abilities
rather than the workings of the system within which those abilities exist
and are constrained.

Crude, but typical, left-wing explanations of political consciousness
revolve around the idea that people are brainwashed by the media and
education system into supporting capitalism. Such ‘explanations’ are even
often put forward as ‘Marxist’. But this was not Marx’s view of how
capitalist ideology and forms of consciousness arise.

Marx’s analysis of the capitalist system showed that the inner workings of
this mode of production are reproduced at the surface level of society in a
thoroughly. . .

full at: https://rdln.wordpress.com/2011/10/18/how-capitalism-works/


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