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Chris Dillow — Job Guarantee: Marxist or Keynesian?

Must-read. What we have there, then, are two different conceptions of a JG. On the one hand, it might be a policy which helps capitalism function better (Keynes). But on the other, it might be a form of transitional demand – a policy which whilst fulfilling human needs is one that cannot actually be sustainably adopted by capitalism and is instead a stepping stone towards socialism (Marx). I’m honestly not sure which it is. I would not put it in terms of capitalism and socialism but...

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More on Marx

Positive. Michael Roberts BlogMarx and Keynes in BerlinMichael Roberts The ConversationKarl Marx: ten things to read if you want to understand him James Muldoon, Lecturer in Political Science, University of Exeterand Robert Jackson, Lecturer in Politics, Manchester Metropolitan University Negative. BloombergRemember Marx for How Much He Got Wrong Noah Smith, Contributor Grasping RealityUnderstanding Karl MarxBrad DeLong | Professor of Economics, UCAL Berkeley Neutral Collège de...

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Zhang Yan — Xi’s thought a development of Marxism

Marx gets and update with Chinese characteristics. In contemporary China, guided by Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, the scientificity and truthfulness of Marxism has been fully tested, its people-oriented approach fully implemented, and its openness and epochal character fully manifested. Xi's thought therefore is a development of Marxism, which is applicable to today's China. Ecns —China DailyXi's thought a development of Marxism Zhang...

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Marx Today

As the 200th anniversary of Marx’s birth gets closer, a host of conferences, articles and books on the legacy of Marx and his relevance today are emerging – including my own contribution. The most interesting was a speech last week by the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney in his homeland of Canada.... Michael Roberts BlogMarx 200: Carney, Bowles and VaroufakisMichael Roberts See also The Guardian — The Long ReadYanis Varoufakis: Marx predicted our present crisis – and points...

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David F. Ruccio — Utopia—without classes

Good analysis of utopian versus utopianism. Short and important. The difference is that between ideal and real.  If the core assumptions are unrealistic and infeasible, then the consequent conceptual model will be "utopian" in the pejorative sense, and the project unachievable — "pie in the sky." If there is a disconnect between the ideal and the real, then it's utopianism. If the assumptions are realistic and feasible, then the conceptual model will be "utopian" in the positive...

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Caleb Maupin — Technology & The Marxism of Jack Ma

Technological innovation increases productivity, decreasing the need for human work and increasing the opportunity for leisure. It's a distribution issue. The problem is that under capitalism, gains are capitalized and losses are socialized. Under socialism, gains are socialized and losses are minimized. Who is going to win this race, those aiming at the top or those racing to the bottom?NEOTechnology & The Marxism of Jack Ma Caleb Maupin

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Chris Dillow — Centrists – become Marxists

Chris Leslie tweeted yesterday that “Marxism should have no place in a modern Labour Party.” You’d expect me to disagree, and I do. But I want to point out that a Marxist point of view might be an asset for non-Marxists within the party. I say so for three reasons. First, Marxism draws our attention to the fact that politics is shaped by an economic base – by the nature of capitalism.... Herein lies another use of Marxism. It reminds us that the state in capitalism must fulfil two...

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Reuters — China’s Xi says study capitalism, but Marxism remains top

Communist Party members should study contemporary capitalism but must never deviate from Marxism, Chinese President Xi Jinping said... “If we deviate from or abandon Marxism, our party would lose its soul and direction,” Xi said. “On the fundamental issue of upholding the guiding role of Marxism, we must maintain unswerving resolve, never wavering at any time or under any circumstances.”Xi said the party should better integrate the basic tenets of Marxism with the “reality of contemporary...

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