Before heading to the University of Vienna, teaching about European Integration and its failure, here something about …, well, Europe too, though very different: looking at enterprises as specific forms of socialisation … – Something we often forget: socialisation has to be understood in historical terms and as such it is concrete, also at times high individualist and/or oriented on maximising individual gain.
There had been a problem with my address – stuff the bank sends frequently doesn’t arrive as it should – well, Irish addresses …
So, I sent a mail, mentioning this and I receive the answer:
If you do online banking this problem doesn’t occur.
I am hesitating to answer
If I and all the others do online banking you will loose your job.
And I am also wondering – thinking about this tiny incidence in connection with the recent experience in a travel agency (one of these old-fashioned places where one can book flights ..). – distinctly attentive and friendly staff really obliging. And extremely well organised. Just a blink before I am told
And you will receive a notification on your mobile phone as well
I feel the soft touch of the vibrating phone on my chest – as if it would be a version of modern life’s love story …. – and I pay, of course, without hesitation the 40 Euro more the flight costs me if compared with the web-booking. Well, there is a little more to it – the actual reason for booking with the travel agency had been less about this little love story and more about getting without complications the insurance needed for the visa-application.
In any case, sufficient stuff to work along and give a four hour lecture on economics and the economy … – but this I will leave to September when my students return and when I will look with them at Queens, Quesnay, Smith and …, yes, sure, at some stage also at Marx who famously clarifies fetishism as objective mechanism in capitalist societies:
As against this, the commodity-form, and the value-relation of the products of labour within which it appears, have absolutely no connection with the physical nature of the commodity and the material relations arising out of this. It is nothing but the definite social relation between men themselves which assumes here, for them, the fantastic form of a relation between things. In order, therefore, to find an analogy we must take flight into the misty realm of religion. There the products of the human brain appear as autonomous figures endowed with a life of their own, which enter into relations both with each other and with the human race. So it is in the world of commodities with the products of men’s hands. I call this the fetishism which attaches itself to the products of labour as soon as they are produced as commodities, and is therefore inseparable from the production of commodities.