Ruthless Criticism

RUTHLESS CRITICISM

“If we have no business with the construction of the future or with organizing it for all time, there can still be no doubt about the task confronting us at present: the ruthless criticism of the existing order, ruthless in that it will shrink neither from its own discoveries, nor from conflict with the powers that be.” — Karl Marx

Money

One does not have to explain money, but have it; for worldly modern people, this goes without saying. If there is anything to explain about money, then it is how best to get hold of as much of it as possible. This is fatal. Because those who take the inescapable compulsion to earn money as only encouragement to do so as successfully as possible, not only remain enmeshed in a system of constraints which impose not a few worries on them – they make the by no means unavoidable mistake of uncritically taking an affirmative position towards it. That doesn’t help with the hassle and stress of earning money, its few satisfying results, high prices, or the lack of money here and lots of wealth there. Those who don’t want to explain money shouldn’t complain about its unequal distribution. Vice versa: those who don’t just want to groan about the troubles money causes and its unfair distribution should explain money and the not at all rational or necessary mode of production that it puts into effect

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On the Highly Praised Accomplishments of Filthy Lucre

The measure of value
The means of circulation
It’s all about money
Capital – the art of accumulating money

Money – the “real community”

1. Money & force: The exclusionary power of property as thing

2. Money & work: The economic command power of property

Supplement 1: “How can paper money be the measure of value?”

Supplement 2: The measure of capitalist wealth: “Surplus labor time”

Supplement 3: Basic remarks about money and force, currency and gold