Commoditization and the Public Sphere*

Apr 2nd 2018, Prabhat Patnaik

The distinction between the sphere of market and the sphere of public discourse remains central to liberalism. But under capitalism, the public sphere becomes untenable due its "spontaneous" destruction by the marketsí immanent tendency towards commoditization, as we are witnessing everywhere today. In such a world, a fight towards democracy is itself a means of advancing the struggle for socialism.
    
* This article was originally published in The People's Democracy on April 1, 2018.


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