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[embedded content]John Eatwell On The Bomb Sraffa Planted At The Foundations Of EconomicsJames Galbraith on Dismal Economics, reviewing books by Mason Gaffney and Fred Harrison, Stephen Marglin, Alessandro Roncaglia, and Robert Skidelsky. Jane Gleeson-White, in the Guardian, on accounting, unpaid care work, and the biosphere. A blog post pointing out Bob Murphy's confusions and mistakes on the implications of the Cambridge Capital Controversy for the Austrian school. Compare and...

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Why Lower Yield Treasuries Are More Attractive Than Higher Yield

In what follows, I want to draw out some implications of an interesting post by Greg Obenshain at Verdad Capital. In the post, Obenshain laid out data showing a number of things about Treasury bonds. Most notably, that they are a great investment if you are worried about the prospect of a recession or depression – and this is so no matter at what starting yield you are investing. One of the exhibits Obenshain showed, however, did not get sufficient attention. I think that it may...

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What Is Socially Necessary Abstract Labor Time?

To me, this is an easy question. SNALT, for a capitalist economy, is: L = a0 (I - A)-1y The notation is from Luigi Pasinetti's Lectures on the Theory of Production. The idea can be empirically applied with data from national income and product accounts (NIPAs), using techniques explained in, for example, Ronald Miller and Peter Blair's Input-Output Analysis

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Extensive Rent For A Reswitching Example

Figure 1: Wage Curves and Rent1.0 Introduction I might as well illustrate an example with extensive rent and reswitching. I find it incredible that the agents in these sorts of models understand the implications of, say, a variation of the distribution of income for their self-interests. Nevertheless, I try to note the consequences of variation in the distribution of income and perturbations of model parameters on prices of production. And I do not worry too much about disequilibria. 2.0...

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Some Difficulties In Reading Marx

"Let us take the process of circulation in a form under which it presents itself as a simple and direct exchange of commodities. This is always the case when two owners of commodities buy from each other, and on the settling day the amounts mutually owing are equal and cancel each other. The money in this case is money of account and serves to express the value of the commodities by their prices, but is not, itself, in the shape of hard cash, confronted with them. So far as regards...

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Structural Dynamics With Extensive Rent

Figure 1: Variation in Switch Points with Time1.0 Introduction This post continues my effort to understand how fluke cases can partition parameter spaces in models of prices of production with extensive rent. Some background for this post is here, here, and here. 2.0 Technology The technology is described by the coefficients of production in Table 1. I assume that requirements for use are such that they cannot be satisfied by cultivating only two types of land. After fully cultivating...

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Background Needed For Debates On The Labor Theory Of Value Versus Marginalism

[embedded content]A Propertarian Getting The Better Of The Wrong Side Of The Argument I have been looking at some debates on YouTube. Not only is there a culture of twitch streamers debating. There are some, such as Noah Cortez "Booksmarts", critiquing debates. By the way, here is a video providing an overview of (Resnick and) Wolff's academic work, seemingly inspired by the prominence Wolff is gaining with his YouTube presence. I suppose that this post is aspirational, and some of these...

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On My Research Program

"I know not how I may seem to the world, but as to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me." -- Isaac Newton (apocryphal?) For the past couple of years, I have been pursuing a research program that I seem to have stumbled upon. I am looking for fluke switch points, where these fluke switch points...

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Fluke Cases for the Order of Fertility

Figure 1: Wage Curves for Fluke Case for r-Order of Fertility1.0 Introduction This post illustrates two fluke cases that can arise in a model with land and extensive rent. I call these a pattern of switch points for the r-order of fertility and a pattern of switch points for the w- order of fertility. I have previously described a fluke case in the order of rentability, which can be either over the wage axis or over the axis for the rate of profits. These fluke cases can arise in an...

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Engels to Sombart in 1895

This transcription is taken from here. Dear Sir: Replying to your note of the 14th of last month, may I thank you for your kindness in sending me your work on Marx; I had already read it with great interest in the issue of the Archiv which Dr. H. Braun was good enough to send me, and was pleased for once to find such understanding of Capital at a German University. Naturally I can't altogether agree with the wording in which you render Marx’s exposition. Especially the definitions of...

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