The following notes are derived from study of debates around the advent of information technology & “the internet of things”. They stand as a prelude to a more fundamental critique of Paul Mason’s Postcapitalism: a Guide to Our Future (London: Allen Lane, 2015), which I view as the most advanced of idealist thought on the matter. The starting point, here, is a reflection on the labour-power exercised in the field of marketing.
“Biological sex” & the gender binary are co-dependent concepts. It is logically fallacious to accept 1, whilst rejecting the other. To do so forms an impassable contradiction. It is a height of crude materialism to posit that there are 2 “sexes”, created celestially by the mechanisms of genetics.
It is clear that a Marxist understanding of gender is based upon the historical development of the family unit. It is important to note that this development is not unilateral.
The fundamental essence of Marxism rests in totalisation. Marxists understand that human history is created by a plurality of praxis – that is, by the mass movement & action of humanity in the production of their material existence. Society is, therefore, both product & producer of human praxis. Totalisation is the summation of this understanding; it is the understanding of what is, what has been & what can be, with the mass praxis of the human being at its centre.