[Marxism] Imperialism and the iPhone

Philip Ferguson philipferguson8 at gmail.com
Mon Nov 4 21:23:21 MST 2019

This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John
Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press,
2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan.

Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in the first
two synopses, iPhones are technologically complex.  While the simplicity of
the first two commodities might help blind us to the complex social
relations of exploitation which produce them, in the case of a commodity
like the iPhone it can be their dazzling sophistication which does that job.

The most important aspect of John’s book is that it lays bare precisely
these relations.  This, inherently, involves exposing how these relations
of exploitation – in particular the super-exploitation of Third World
workers by First World capital – is hidden by the way. . . .

full at:  https://rdln.wordpress.com/2019/11/05/imperialism-and-the-iphone/

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