How Clothes Started Wearing Us
Marx spends a ridiculous time on cloth, but it’s actually a good point. Nothing shows the parasitic nature of Capital better than the clothes on our backs and the back-breaking labor that got them there. We think we’re wearing the clothes, but that ain’t right. The clothes are wearing us—and the planet—out.
As Rollie Williams discusses in his video Fast Fashion Is Hot Garbage, the world in the 1800s was awash in cheap cotton because human beings were bought and sold to pick it. All of that stolen labor manifested as profits for enslaving bastards and cheap inputs for wave-slavers in places like England. Which is a subject Marx goes on about.