Personal and Privat Collection

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There has been significant distinction between public and private historically and this distinction has become one of the ubiquitous features of everyday life. In the modern usage, the terms public and private are used in compound and apparently contradictory ways.


Private property' is a defining feature of a capitalist economy, but in capitalist systems participants also consider 'private' those intimate relationships that are ideally protected from economic calculation. This combination is neither careless confusion nor a regrettable inconsistency." (Gal) The Marxist thinkers have often criticised the concept of private property which, to them, has made humanity stupid and passive due to the fact that an object becomes an individual's only if it is owned by him/her. It is essential to comprehend the distinction between 'personal' and 'private' and it can best be done by linking this distinction to collection. According to Walter Benjamin, who in a cryptic entry in file 'H' of his Passagen-Werk maintained that animals, children, and old men can be regarded as collectors, there is a primal urge in everyone to collect and there is connection between collecting and the task of historical materialist. In order to establish the meaning of the term 'the positive collector', Benjamin makes use of the Marxian idea about private property and, according to him, the positive collector realises the liberation of things from the bondage of utility. ...
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