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Chris Dillow — Capitalism as a fetter

...there is, if you like, a third way between utopian communism on the one hand and technocratic tweaks on the other. It begins from the idea that ten years of stagnant productivity might mean we are now at the phase of capitalism that Marx foresaw: At a certain stage of development, the material productive forces of society come into conflict with the existing relations of production or – this merely expresses the same thing in legal terms – with the property relations within the...

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Sam Williams — Modern Money

MMT economists advocate that the central government – the federal government in the U.S. – can and should employ every person who desires to work but cannot find work in the private sector at a living wage. This living wage, the MMT supporters point out, would function as a minimum wage, since no person would work for a private employer who offers a wage lower than the wage the government offers. Assuming such a reform could be implemented under the capitalist system, if your search for...

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Michael Roberts — China workshop: challenging the misconceptions

Indeed, the real issue ahead is the battle for trade and investment globally between China and the US. The US is out to curb and control China’s ability to expand domestically and globally as an economic power. At the workshop, Jude Woodward, author of The US vs China: Asia’s new cold war?, outlined the desperate measures that the US is taking to try to isolate China, block its economic progress and surround it militarily. But this policy is failing. Trump may have launched his tariff...

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David F. Ruccio — Marx ratio

First there was the Great Gatsby curve. Then there was the Proust index. Now, thanks to Neil Irwin, we have the Marx ratio. Each, in their different way, attempts to capture the ravages of contemporary capitalism. But the Marx ratio is a bit different. It was published in the New York Times. Its aim is to capture one of the underlying determinants of the obscene levels of inequality in the United States today—not class mobility or the number of years of national income growth lost to the...

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On the URPE Blog – The Video Edition

The Dynamics of Capitalism: Money and Financialization Greta Krippner – The Power of Abstraction: Marx on Money and Credit Aaron Sahr – From Pen Strokes to Keystrokes: the Production of Money in Early and Contemporary Capitalism Michael Löwy: Marxism and Romantic Anticapitalism Michael Löwy is Emeritus Research Director at the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) Lecturer, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. Immanuel Wallerstein: The Contemporary Relevance of...

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More Marx, socialism, and ecology

MR OnlineMarx and Metabolism: lost in translation? Ian Angus | editor of Climate and Capitalism MR OnlineOn the eve of Venezuela’s elections, the U.S. empire isn’t sitting idly by Editorial MR OnlineTen Marxist ideas that define the 21st century Sergio Alejandro Gómez EconospeakThe So-called Labour Fund Sandwichman Radical Political Economy Capitalism and the Expropriation of Nature: The Strategic Discourse of Ecosocialism John Bellamy FosterNaked Capitalism To Reform Capitalism,...

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Yet more on Marx

Econospeak Everything You Would Learn about Marxism If You Were Subjected to Two of My Lectures Peter Dorman | Professor of Political Economy, The Evergreen State College Magpie's Asymmetric Warfare Unfrequently Asked Questions: Marx and Marxism (i) Magpie International Socialist ReviewMarx and Engels...and Darwin? The essential connection between historical materialism and natural selection Ian Angus MROnlineKarl Marx: India’s freedom struggle too was influenced by Marxism...

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Some China links

One ring to rule them all.East Asia Forum (Australia)China’s state media is going global Zi Yang, RSIS also I wonder how they are going to explain China's rise only after abandoning Mao's strict Marxism-Leninism for Deng's introduction of markets. Socialism with Chinese characteristics, I guess. Defend Democracy Press Meeting Marx: Chinese youth dig Marxism’s appeal Xinhua

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Stavros Mavroudeas — The Financialisation Hypothesis and Marxism: a Positive Contribution or a Trojan Horse?

This paper discusses the Marxist and Marxisant versions of the FH and argues that they misconceive the actual workings of modern capitalism leading to an explanatory blind alley. The spectacular ballooning of the financial system during the recent decades of weak profitability and accumulation does not constitute a new epoch, let alone a new capitalism. Instead it constitutes a well-known capitalist reaction in periods of weak profitability. This does not preclude the proliferation of new...

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