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Bingo in Utopia

August 30, 2012

Will there be Bingo in Utopia? It is hard to say. The emancipatory potential of bingo as praxis has been criticized from the earliest days of modern social theory. In 1862 Marx was prompted to write the first draft of what became Theories of Surplus Value during very straitened financial circumstances (he had pawned the clothes of his children and his maid, Helene Demuth) brought on mostly by clandestine visits to an East London bingo emporium, where he would play games of “Housey-Housey” while his wife Jenny believed him to be at the British Library conducting research. The game itself was for some time believed to be mentioned by Marx directly in a well-known if difficult section of the Grundrisse:

Capital’s ceaseless striving towards the general form of wealth drives labour beyond the limits of its natural paltriness, and thus creates the material elements for the development of the rich individuality which is as all-sided in its production as in its consumption, and whose labour also therefore appears no longer as labour, but as the full development of bingo itself, in which natural necessity in its direct form has disappeared; because natural need has been replaced by historically produced need.

Excerpt from a text by KIERAN HEALY, Crooked Timber. Continue HERE

One comment

  1. I love it, this is a perfect idea, I have tons of ortnemnas, and this looks so cute. I just found you girl, and love you already, is that OK…. lol. I host a weekly party **Amaze me AUgust** and a SPECIAL party **6 weeks 2 JINGLE** where you can link up projects LIKE THIS, cuz its all things Christmas. I sure hope you come check it out, and of course participate with your cool self. I would LOVE to have you.I am also hosting my first ever giveaway SOON, and I have SEVEN prizes up for grabs, you won’t want to miss it girl. Come enter for a chance to score, on a bunch of cool stuff. :)Thanks again, Bella :)



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