Karl Marx Ideology of Fetishism Karl Marx contribution spreads beyond the economic field. He contributed concepts that are used by modern day scholars. They apply both in the education field and real life application. Marx however was considered an ideologist as his approach seamed different from real life and he held a personal view of matters. His unique nature classified him more of an ideologist, economist and socialist at the same time. The essay will focus on of his ideological approach and will compare it with other what real life offers. The ideology on the essay will be the commodity fetishism. The ideology is driven from the whole concept of use-value, exchange-value and commodity.
Marx defines the Fetishism ideology into themes. He first states that the exchange-value of a commodity depends major on the labor used in its production process. When determining the value of a product one will tend to use the commodity to compensate the labor. The commodity in his ideology is dependent since it relays on what efforts invested in terms of labor. He also explains the social relation between producers and eternal factors. He shows how different producers relate despite their difference in commodities they offer in the market(Wood, 1970). He uses the relativity of the products to create a personal concept of the market. For instance, one who makes tea and sells directly relates to who bakes cakes and bread. He finally states laboring activities controls the activities of a product.
In a real life scenario, the exchange of commodity follows the concept of Money- Commodity- money. This means that one sells a product in order to generate more money and utilize it to make offers and expand productivity. Karl Marx on the other hand explains that money is replaced in its commensurability with human labor (Wood, 1970). Thus, his structure is Commodity- money- commodity. Different from this the fetishism ideology with real life is the fact that labor used while producing does not necessarily reflects the product. In that while, producing one may fall ill and hence spends resources in treating himself hence the final product will not reflect the amount of resources used in the production.
Socially it clearly shows how the people relations in the production line as were the case of the tea maker and the cake baker clearly shows a contrasting relation different from what Marx stated. They fail to relate in terms of the exchange value in that they independently fix the value without considering what the other person will react (Wood, 1970). In this scenario, the producers are always objectionable.
Marx’s choice of concepts makes him an ideologist since what real life offers is different from what he defines. People may choose to adapt his ideologist and gives room for scrutiny and criticism. This characteristic makes him an ideologist. He defines a personal statement and supports them with examples. The concept makes his ideology creates an environment in which researchers use as base of their research. The uniqueness of Karl Marx of expressing life issues clearly classifies him as an ideologist. He singles out concepts and combines them to create an ideological argument.
Wood, P. (1974). Karl Marx’s economy: Critical Assessments. New York: Taylor &. Francis