Titus Stahl

Varoufakis on Marx

After announcing himself as a Kantian in today’s New York Times, the Guardian prints today an older piece by the Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis in which he confesses his Marxist sympathies: How I became an erratic Marxist:

In the classic 1953 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the alien force does not attack us head on, unlike in, say, HG Wells’s The War of the Worlds. Instead, people are taken over from within, until nothing is left of their human spirit and emotions. Their bodies are shells that used to contain a free will and which now labour, go through the motions of everyday “life”, and function as human simulacra “liberated” from the unquantifiable essence of human nature. This is something like what would have transpired if human labour had become perfectly reducible to human capital and thus fit for insertion into the vulgar economists’ models.

A highly interesting read.