At Work, At Play

Posted on April 4, 2008

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Money: a specialised aspect of the human attention is represented: a kind of pragmatism whereby things have to work.  Nothing can work without it.  If he isn’t paid the bus driver wont drive the bus.  The bus too, it would be without petrol, it would remain unbuilt, if it didn’t exist as the money that it is.  There would be no transformation.  So what is it?

Well, it is the bus; and it is the bus-driver.  It is the supermarket; and it is the road; it’s the shop, the shirt, the shoes, the socks; the arrangement of the garden flowers; the fish in the bowl; the water; the salt; the book; the sound.

Aging pop stars, their lives are folded into it like berries in jam.  Money.  They look expensive.  This is where money’s value comes from: that aspect of the human attention where we owe others or they owe us in the flux of push and pull.

In money life is acknowledged as a medium of debt.

(Its value hangs always on what is owed; on indebtedness.)

“But isn’t the value of money a consequence of the world of work, which actively generates the objects that it buys?”

In so far as work is only a form of the human attention, no.

In Fassbinder you can see that there is conflict about this. 

Remittance.  Remuneration.  Revenue. 

Insurance.  Investment.  Interest.

Tax.  Invoice.  Receipt.  Bill.  Tab.  Item.  Merchandise.  Goods. 

Work = Play.  Pay.  Cash.  Cheque.  Card.  Plastic.  ATM.  Pin. 

Money.

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