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Marx’s early insights into the shoggothic power of capital were remarkably prescient.

Money, then, appears as this distorting power both against the individual and against the bonds of society, etc., which claim to be entities in themselves. It transforms fidelity into infidelity, love into hate, hate into love, virtue into vice, vice into virtue, servant into master, master into servant, idiocy into intelligence, and intelligence into idiocy.

Since money, as the existing and active concept of value, confounds and confuses all things, it is the general confounding and confusing of all things – the world upside-down – the confounding and confusing of all natural and human qualities.

He who can buy bravery is brave, though he be a coward. As money is not exchanged for any one specific quality, for any one specific thing, or for any particular human essential power, but for the entire objective world of man and nature, from the standpoint of its possessor it therefore serves to exchange every quality for every other, even contradictory, quality and object: it is the fraternisation of impossibilities. It makes contradictions embrace.

Today, the money-enabled “fraternisation of impossibilities” challenges even the division of the sexes. This is supposed to be a progressive thing, which tells us something about progressives. They are capital’s useful idiots.

The current mania is to dismiss gender as a social construction.

The claim is trivial.

All distinctions whatsoever are ultimately social constructions but only begin to appear as such when societies are falling apart. The minute a culture becomes deferential,  apprehends itself as merely a culture, its tenets and tastes as merely prejudices, it is dead.

Deconstruction is the labor of maggots.

The transgender fad reveals how rampant consumerism has managed to transform every cultural given into a consumer choice. Sex used to be the ultimate given, an irrevocable anatomical contingency. Now it is a commodity.

What progressives call progress is this relentless commodification of every aspect of existence. Everything that was at hand, default, natural, is made unnatural, subject to customization, available as paid option.

Those who would free us from the last vestiges of patriarchy are delivering us into the maw of the corporate Borg.

Removed from the patriarchal context in which it was once dignified, the body becomes a desubjectified machine whose parts can be altered at will. Transgenderism is but the logical expression of this desacralization of the body at the behest of the capitalist drive to reduce all of nature to product.