Expenditure and the general economy
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Initial acquaintance with Bataille’s work may not incline us to expect him to venture into the realm of economics. In the preface to The Accursed Share he displays some irritation at the fact that people were often amazed when he told them he was writing a book on political economy. To the extent that Bataille’s approach to economic questions flatly and quite openly contradicts the basis of economic science, one can understand the difficulty of integrating his theories into any sort of conventional economics. Certainly it is not every book on economic theory that defines one of its central arguments as lying in an affirmation that ‘the sexual act is in time what the tiger is in space’.1 Nevertheless, the political economy is central to Bataille’s concerns, indeed provides the pivot around which his ideas of the social revolve, and his argument demands to be taken seriously.