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Doug Greene — More Than Universal Healthcare: The Meaning of Socialism

Young people are turning to socialism, and Democratic Party politicians are adopting the term. But what is socialism? My own summary answer is that socialism is the socio-economic system that favors people and the environment as a whole over other factors and and political theory that prioritizes human rights.  This is in contrast to capitalism, which favors capital over other factors and accords highest priority to property rights. Doug Greene presents his view of a Marxist-Leninist...

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Duncan Green — Why is Latin America Going Backwards?

Increasingly, however, academics and development practitioners are looking at a less visible and tangible obstacle – the capture of the State by economic and political elites. The extreme concentration of economic and political power reinforces the ability to unduly co-opt, corrupt and divert the democratic process, and influence the role of the State, perpetuating measures that reinforce privilege on the one hand and inequality and exclusion on the other. This elite capture is manifested...

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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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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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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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Glen Weyl: “The Very Structure of Capitalism Is Inherently Monopolistic” — Asher Schechter interviews Glen Weyl

In an interview with ProMarket, Glen Weyl, co-author of the wildly ambitious (and wildly controversial) new book Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society, talks about antitrust, data as labor, and why he thinks the free market system is not actually free. “The entire business community has been speaking with one voice in the common interest of capital as a class,” he says.... A different take on "socialism" and how to implement it using markets in addition to...

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John Quiggin — We are all socialists now

Socialism is much more than public ownership of productive enterprises. Still, if there is one policy that clearly distinguishes socialists from their (or rather our) opponents, it is support for public enterprise as a way of organizing large-scale production, and, in particular, as the preferred model for industries characterized by natural monopoly or other major market failures. The opposite view, dominant since the 1970s, is the market liberal framework that favors comprehensive private...

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