Betty Boop and commodity fetishism

July 31, 2010 at 6:51 pm (Champagne Charlie, cinema, comedy, jazz, Marxism, modernism, surrealism)

Un-fuckin’- believable!

Fleischer Studios, 1932

“The simplicity of commodity fetishism makes it a starting point and example for analysing non-economic relations. It establishes a dichotomy between appearance and concealed reality (without the former necessarily being false) which can be taken up in the analysis of IDEOLOGY. It discusses social relations conducted as and in the form of relations between commodities or things and this has application to the theory of REIFICATION and ALIENATION. (See also FETISHISM.)” – Ben Fine, ‘Commodity Fetishism’ in ‘A Dictionary of Marxist Thought’, ed Tom Bottomore, pub: Blackwell 1983.

H/t: Norman Field


  1. Mike Killingworth said,

    Now, boys and girls, I hope you all understand that every time you buy a patent medicine from the chemist you allow the chemist and the manufacturer to engage in healthy economic activity. If however, your medicine is prescribed by your NHS GP it creates a drain on the public purse.

    You don’t think darlin’ Betty would go in for communistical socialised medicine, do you?

  2. charliethechulo said,

    As folks have probably worked out for themselves, the stuff about “commodity fetishism” is really just an excuse to post this extraordinary film on this site. I probably should have entitled it “Betty Boop demonstrates Lansley’s health reforms.”

  3. Kellie Strøm said,

    I like the way the barrel of Jippo medicine is replenished directly by the hose from the fire hydrant. Here’s a complimentary comic strip.

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