Extremist for Love: Martin Luther King Jr., Man of Ideas and by Rufus Burrow Jr.

By Rufus Burrow Jr.

Regardless of huge learn and publishing on King, no longer approximately sufficient awareness has been given to the convergence of rules and motion in his lifestyles. In an period the place individuals are frequently taken care of into the types of 'thinker' and 'doer', King stands out—a infrequent mixture of the deeply profound philosopher and mind who placed the fruit of that mirrored image into the carrier of direct social motion.

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So far ae a commodity hae a value in U6e there i6 nothing myeterloue about it. Man change6 the forme of the rnaterlale furnlehed by nature in euch a waya6 to make them ueeful to him. J GOOd6 onlyhave U6e valuee for hlrn, under the 6ign of Nature. Marx isclaiming that a product isuseful before anything else. Economic exchange harms social relations (profit =exploitation) and innocent old use value gives thecommodity a "humanity". 36 Marx has fallen into a trap. By opposing commodity value tothe simple, ''transparent'' relation ofCrusoe tohis modest wealth, Marx only underlined the bourgeois mythof primary needs, which also champions individual autonomy, man as non-alienated labour and a moral consciousness bound tonature.

Wrist-watches? Absorbanguish of death. Whyisn't pleasure the basis of consumption? Becausepleasureis not about enjoyment- it's about duty. It springs not from the individual but from social obligation. The consumer must strive for happiness and pleasure. It's the inverse of the wise and thrifty Puritan ethic which demands financial restraint. So what's this new ethic called? 29 The Fun System With ''fun morality" the consumermust not be passive. He must try everything. TryJesus, Jacko's new album, love- Japanese style!

Once exchanged, objects are bound up with social obligation. "It is this gift and not another". To call it "useful" abstracts it and makes it equivalent to all other objects under the sign of "utility". This is reductive and destructive. It was time for Baudrillard to sit back and think. If neede were an ideology which kept consumption going, that made them an alibi. 39 Then we also have to consider another possibility. len't there something dubious about eienific:;ation - the way that objects and images circulate as meanings~ Doesn't meaningfunction as an alibi to allow signs to circulate in exactly the same way as commodities~ The ideology (oralibi) ofneeds and uses extends to the sign itself - in its claims to carry meanings.

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