Some phrases that occur to me as reinforcing the capitalist hegemony.


I’ve always thought about this in relation to people owning pets,
Like when I find myself saying “I want a cat/dog/etc.”, or “my pet”,
reducing the animal down to being a “pet” in which you own

But you do own your pet.  It isn’t a symbiotic relationship with the pet able to develop as an autonomous being, it is permanently dependent on you (well, most animals are.  Some which have been less intensively bred are more independent.)  Generally you go to a shop or breeder and buy your pet, they are a commodity.  You can make whatever ethical judgements on that which you wish, and you may perceive your relationship to animals in your life as being different, but the social relationship under capital that we have towards pets is that of a material commodity not just on a linguistic level.

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