IS THAT MARX? ON A FIXIE?

6 Mar

Underconsumption

mistake 1: Mistaking the potential for crisis for the cause of crisis.

” A bicycle has the potential to crash. It is narrow, hard to balance and is beset on all sides by the forces of gravity. Yet a bicycle has a means of overcoming this potential: a rider who propels the bike forward. This forward momentum overcomes the forces of gravity, actually using gravity to its own purpose in moving the bike forward. If the bike crashes we will see the forces of gravity kicking in, pulling it to the ground. Yet if it crashes we don’t say that the bike crashed because of gravity. We instead try to explain why the forward momentum of the rider failed to overcome gravity: ie. it was hit by a car, or hit a pothole, etc.”

Quoted from : http://kapitalism101.wordpress.com/2009/11/03/crisis-value-and-marxs-order-of-operations/

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