Great piece from Slavoj Zizek in the New Statesman.
The animality with which we are dealing here – the ruthless egotism of each of the individuals pursuing his or her private interest – is the paradoxical result of the most complex network of social relations (market exchange, social mediation of production). That individuals are blinded to this network points towards its ideal (“spiritual”) character:
in the civil society structured by market,
abstraction rules more than ever.