Houellebecq Extended: the Cartelization of the Field of Struggle

Michel Houellebecq first became famous with his novel “Extension of the field of struggle” where he describes the effects of the extension of Karl Marx’s economic field of struggle to sexual relations. Where monopolies and state-directed resource assignment used to dominate economic relations before liberalism extended the “field of struggle,” something similar has happened to boy-meets-girl, Houellebecq writes (the translation is mine):

Just like unbridled economic liberalism, and for similar reasons, sexual liberalism produces phenomena of absolute pauperization. Some make love every day; others five or six times in their life, or never. Some have sex with dozens of women; others with none. This is called the “law of the market” In an economic system where dismissal is prohibited, everyone more or less succeeds in finding their place. In a sexual system where adultery is prohibited, each one succeeds more or less in finding his bed-mate … Economic liberalism is the extension of the field of struggle, its extension to all ages of life and to all classes of society. Likewise, sexual liberalism is the extension of the field of struggle, its extension to all ages of life and to all classes of society.

Economic theory tells us, in the absence of strong government regulation and oversight, any market that has been liberalized will be cartelized. And so it’s happened:

The first market is the one that has been with us since the dawn of time and the one we’ve been talking about. Sex. Whatever cute political trends or ideologies over the past 50 years may have been, it doesn’t undo 200,000 years of human evolution and instinct. Men still want sex. They’ll do nearly anything to get it. And whereas in the past men used prostitution as the most direct and economic way to get it, the advent of the internet has allowed for digital prostitution through the myriad of porn sites, “Fan’s Only” pages, and sugar daddy sites that euphemistically mask what is nothing short of prostitution. Heck, you can even get “the girlfriend experience” in many cities today. Sex sells. Pussy is the world’s most in demand commodity. And no matter how society dresses it up, the sex market will forever be with humanity.

The second market is another market that has been with humanity since recorded history – marriage. And though it is a dying market, women’s biology and society’s traditional momentum compel – at least a part of them – to want to get married. And while it may have been all fun and games, delivering low grade tail to desperate thirsty men, even subscribing to a life-ideology that ridiculed your clients, even going so far as to make money on this new-fangled internet by showing some bobs and vageen, when you want to leave the sex market and go onto the marriage market, all those forces mentioned before have completely ruined your product and brand, and no quality guy (anyway) is going to want it.

And thus “The Tidal Wave of Spinsters Cometh.”

Capitalism really ruins everything.

About David Roman

Communicator. I tweet @dromanber.
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