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Western capitalism in its totality is a truly exotic cultural scheme, as bizarre as any other, marked by the subsumption of material rationality in a vast order of symbolic relationships. We are too much misled by the apparent pragmatism of production and commerce. The whole cultural organization of our economy remains invisible, mystified as the pecuniary rationality by which its arbitrary values are realized. All the idiocies of modern life from Walkmans and Reeboks to mink coats and seven-million-dollar-a-year baseball players, and on to McDonald's and Madonnas and other weapons of mass destruction – this whole curious cultural scheme nonetheless appears to economists as the transparent effects of a universal practical wisdom. Yet even the producers who are perpetrating such tastes in the abstract interest of gain must be informed by the order of cultural values – that is, by what sells. Theirs is a classic fetishism of the commodity: the meaningful values are comprehended as pecuniary values. In the event, the invisible hand of the market economy functions like a perverse form of Hegel's cunning of reason; it is rather a cunning of culture which, by harnessing an absolute sense of rationality to a relative logic of signs, ushers in a (truly) golden age of symbolic freedom.
Marshall Sahlins
Goodbye to Tristes Tropes: Ethnography in the Context of Modern World History  (1993)