“they are acting as if money, in its material reality, is the immediate embodiment of wealth as such.” – What they ‘do not know’, what they misrecognize, is the fact that in their social reality itself, in their social activity — in the act of commodity exchange — they are guided by the fetishistic illusion.

– SLAVOJ ZIZEK

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“the classic Marxist topic of ‘reification’ + ‘commodity fetishism’, ..still relies on the notion of the fetish as a concrete object whose ..presence obfuscates its social mediation.” – Fetishism reaches its acme precisely when the fetish itself is ‘de-materialized’, turned into a fluid ‘immaterial’ virtual entity. Money fetishism will culminate with the passage to its electronic form, when the last traces of its materiality will disappear. ..Electronic money ..finally assumes the form of an indestructible spectral presence.

– SLAVOJ ZIZEK