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‘Economic Crisis and the crisis of Economics: Political Economy as a realistic and credible alternative’ – video lecture by S.Mavroudeas

I have been invited by the ISEPA’19 conference (organised by the Dicle University) to speak atheir conference. Since I could not make it due to other obligations I was asked for a video lecture. Its subject is ‘Economic Crisis and the crisis of Economics: Political Economy as a realistic and credible alternative’ Nikos Zappas did an excellent job in recording and editing the video. The link for watching the video is below: The abstract of the lecture is the...

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Book Review: Marxism and the Philosophy of Science — George Martin Fell Brown

Helena Sheehan’s Marxism and the Philosophy of Science , originally written in 1985, but reprinted at the end of 2017, recounts a wide history of serious Marxist thought on science starting with Marx and Engels themselves, and going up to the mass workers’ movements of the 1930s and 1940s. In keeping with a dialectical conception of science, Marxist ideas aren’t presented as static but evolving through debate and experiment in the face of new scientific and political challenges.... This...

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Antony P. Mueller — The Neo-Marxist Roots of Modern Monetary Theory

The post is interesting from the POV of history of economics. Antony P. Mueller points out how MMT owes more to Kalecki than to Keynes. His criticism of MMT goes astray in assuming the conventional economic view of debt-financed fiscal deficits crowding out private sector productive investment. MMT shows how this assumption is erroneous in that the net spending after taxes injects the exact amount of bond issuance in offset. It's the spending that funds Treasury security issuance.  In...

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“Concepts of Structural Change: Mainstream, Heterodox and Marxist conceptions and the Greek crisis’ – S.Mavroudeas 24-4-2019 Universidad Computense de Madrid PRESENTATION

The presntation for the lecture at Universidad Computense (Madrid 24-4-2019) can be downloaded from the following sites: https://www.academia.edu/38916945/CONCEPTS_OF_STRUCTURAL_CHANGE_MAINSTREAM_HETERODOX_AND_MARXIST_CONCEPTIONS_AND_THE_GREEK_CRISIS https://www.scribd.com/document/407446210/Concepts-of-Structural-Change-lecture-in-Universidad-Computense-Madrid-2019...

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Magpie — Parallel Lives

Personally, I’d recommend Marxists to pay MMT closer attention. It has plenty to teach us. I would say the same to MMTers. Marxism is about emancipation of workers from wage-slavery, which Marx analyzes in terms of capitalism as concentrated private ownership of the means of production being based on rent seeking and rent extract. This is free riding on the system and is parasitical.  Under capitalism, workers are in a position similar to serfs and peasants under feudalism and the...

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Peter May — A communist manifesto for money?

I am reposting the article below by Wally Mooney (with permission) which was an indirect reply to Paul Mason’s recent article. I thought it was a very lucid and well-argued piece on why Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)’s conclusions as to how money is created is factually correct and that is the case whether you are a Marxist or a Capitalist or somewhere in between. For me it also illuminated Marxist ideas (with which I have to imagine, Paul Mason presumably agrees). Must-read, IMHO.Wally...

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Peter Cooper — MMT and Capitalism from a Marxist Standpoint

A perennial question for Marxists is how to overturn capitalism. Will institutional changes that improve the lot of workers but fall short of ending capitalism immediately help or harm this cause? To the extent that social struggle is a learning-by-doing process, it may be that the securing of small gains can whet the appetite for more significant gains and that institutional reforms of a transformational nature can place revolution on a more secure footing if and when it does occur. But...

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Is the Financialization Hypothesis a Theoretical Blind Alley? – World Review of Political Economy

World Review of Political Economy Vol. 9, No. 4, Journal Article Is the Financialization Hypothesis a Theoretical Blind Alley? Stavros Mavroudeas and Demophanes Papadatos World Review of Political Economy Vol. 9, No. 4 (Winter 2018), pp. 451-476 Published by: Pluto Journals DOI: 10.13169/worlrevipoliecon.9.4.0451 https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.13169/worlrevipoliecon.9.4.0451 Page Count: 26...

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Richard D. Wolff — The Narrowness of Mainstream Economics Is About to Unravel

Recent extreme volatility and sharp drops in US stock markets underscore the instability of capitalism yet again. As many commentators now note, another economic downturn looms. We know that all the reforms and regulations imposed in the wake of the Great Depression of the 1930s failed to prevent both smaller downturns between 1941 and 2008 and then another big crash in 2008. Capitalism’s instability has, for centuries, resisted all efforts to overcome it with or without government...

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