The Little City That Couldn't

           There you have it: the end of civil society and the ruthless encroachment of the market, where all accounts are settled by quick wits and "animal instincts." It seems there's no corner of the culture that market-think hasn't permeated by now. A principal function of ideology, as Marx noted, has always been to render man-made power relations as natural fact and therefore immutable. In that regard it's interesting to note that Darwin, who is always invoked whenever the natural order is transposed on the social, actually borrowed the phrase "survival of the fittest" from Herbert Spencer, who coined it to describe the workings of the economic system he would most like to see.

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