Make this a very merry Marxmas
December 17, 2009 12:43 PM Subscribe
Help me find a brief quote by Karl Marx suitable for use on a holiday ornament! Extra points for being commodities-fetish related!
posted by luazinha to writing & language (14 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
Background: my husband and I have ambivalent feelings about the icky consumerism of Christmas. We jokingly decided one year that we should celebrate Marxmas instead -- particularly since Marx has such a striking resemblance to Santa Claus.
For the last two years, in lieu of Christmas ornaments, I have made Marxmas ornaments for my husband and a couple of friends. The first year this consisted of a picture of Marx glued to some construction paper and decorated with glitter.
The second year, I painted some cardboard ornaments, decoupaged on a picture of Marx and then added a quote to the back. That quote was "A commodity appears at first sight an extremely obvious, trivial thing. But its analysis brings out that it is a very strange thing, abounding in metaphysical subtleties and theological niceties." I love that, and it seemed to have a nice relevance to the Marxmas experience.
I'm getting ready for this year's Marxmas ornament crafting night, and have a great picture of Marx ready to go. But I'm having a tough time deciding on what quote to use. So I turn to the hivemind for help. What Marx quote should go on the Marxmas 2009 keepsake ornament?
It needs to be brief and preferably capitalism/commodities related. But I'm willing to go for something else if it's really good. I was thinking of using "Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks." But that just seems a little too real and bleak.