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Originally posted to Facebook by Alerta Proletarios, Wed. Jan. 11th, 2017 at this link. Translated from the Spanish by ediciones inéditos.

The first days of the new year saw the implementation of a rise in the price of fuel in Mexico, followed by a road blockades, seizure of toll road booths and gasoline station blockades. But what has garnered the most attention has been a series of lootings seen across many cities. The looters mostly take TVs, electronic appliances, but also toys and some “basic” necessities. There’s been more than 500 arrests in a week, some killed, panic in the government, in the business community and in all political parties.

Society bestows adoration to the commodity-form: it adores it, elevates it upon the altar, where it must be venerated. And the greatest expression of this adoration is not consumption, but rather work. Through and by work, human activity is transformed into a commodity. Although it may seem as though we only work to produce what will become commodities, or to gain access to them, our activity is itself a commodity which must be exchanged for other commodities: the very bare minimum so that we can return to work. In summation: we work so that we can purchase commodities and we end up only being able to purchase enough so that we can show up to work the next day.

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