Archive | November, 2017

  • Gramsci (Photo credit: The Economist)

    Between Como and confinement: Gramsci’s early Leninism

    In May 1924, near the small town of Como, close to the border of Italy and Switzerland, the two great figures of early Italian communism faced each other at a meeting of the Parti Communista d’Italia (PCI) leadership.

  • Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte | Photo: Reuters

    Duterte is a big liar

    Duterte is a consistent political swindler and demagogue who depends heavily on lying.

  • Tithi Bhattacharya, editor of 'Social Reproduction Theory' (Pluto, 2017)

    What is social reproduction theory?

    In this short video, Tithi Bhattacharya, editor of ‘Social Reproduction Theory’ (Pluto, 2017), discusses ‘SRT’, and the question of who produces the worker under capitalism?

  • Berlin Bulletin by Victor Grossman

    Crisis in Germany?

    The impasse in forming a government in Germany has dragged on since election day, September 24th—often like a traffic gridlock, hardly moving forward. But Germany is Europe’s main central power—and with no proper government!

  • Latin America: 200 years of the infernal cycle of debt

    Latin America: 200 years of the infernal cycle of debt

    Venezuela is an emblematic case of the infernal cycle that Latin America has been struggling with over the last two centuries. It all began in 1810, when Simon Bolivar, a figurehead of the Spanish colonies in their fight for freedom, began borrowing from London in very unfavourable conditions to finance the wars of independence.

  • Marx money bank

    Karl Marx “returns” to Germany as 200th birth anniversary approaches

    In the fatherland of Karl Marx, the question begs itself: is his Das Kapital still up to date? Over two thirds of respondents voted for “Yes, it is more up to date than ever before.”

  • Social reproduction theory: What’s the big idea?

    Key to social reproduction theory (SRT) is an understanding of the ‘production of goods and services and the production of life are part of one integrated process’, or in other words: acknowledging that race and gender oppression occur capitalistically.
    In this article, Susan Ferguson, a contributor to Social Reproduction Theory, shows how SRT can deepen our understanding of everyday life under capitalism. She explores the history of this dialectical approach, its variances, and its potentialities; providing an answer to the question: social reproduction theory, what’s the big idea?

  • Moshé Machover

    Eroding the consensus: imperialism, democracy, Zionism & the Labour Party

    Science for the People is in the process of relaunching as a publication in the United States. The original magazine archives can be viewed here. Click here to sign the petition to investigate Moshé Machover’s expulsion from the Labour Party. Science for the People (SP): Thank you for speaking with us. As the details of […]

  • Capitalism by Sergej Bag

    Capitalism unhinged: crisis of legitimacy in the United States

    This is expanded and updated from an article first published in German in Das Argument: Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Sozialwissenschaften, no. 323 (2017/3); republished with the kind permission of its editors; originally presented in a panel “The Crisis of the Political,” Institut für kritische Theorie, Berlin, June 9, 2017. For their comments and suggestions, I […]

  • Net neutrality (Source: Blue Fletch)

    U.S. government commission’s plan to repeal net neutrality will hit marginalized communities hardest

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the United States—an independent government agency that regulates interstate communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable—emitted a preliminary proposal on Tuesday that seeks to repeal “net neutrality”.

  • Originally published in Puck magazine in 1883, “The Protectors of Our Industries” shows Cyrus Field, Jay Gould, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and Russell Sage. (Photo credit: ProMarket.org)

    The precariat under rentier capitalism

    The Precariat under Rentier Capitalism Guy Standing We are in the midst of a Global Transformation, analogous to Karl Polanyi’s Great Transformation described in his seminal 1944 book. Whereas Polanyi’s Transformation was about constructing national market systems, today’s is about the painful construction of a global market system. To use Polanyi’s term, the ‘dis-embedded’ phase has been dominated by an ideology of market liberalisation, commodification and privatisation, orchestrated by financial interests, as in his model. The similarities also extend to today’s fundamental challenge, how to construct a ‘re-embedded’ phase, with new systems of regulation, distribution and social protection.

  • NYT’s obit for Ed Herman requires a correction

    The New York Times‘ obituary (11/21/17) for pioneering media critic Edward Herman was not entirely unsympathetic; it ended, after all, with a quote from FAIR founder Jeff Cohen’s remembrance of Ed (FAIR.org, 11/14/17).

  • Blair, Mugabe, 1997

    Mugabe, Land, Thatcher, Blair & imperialism

    So, farewell then, Robert Mugabe, ruler of Zimbabwe for 37 years. As the western media celebrate your demise, and Zimbabwe’s people wonder what will happen next, it is worth making a note of some forgotten events that helped pave the way for your country’s crisis. As one might expect, this involves the Brits.

  • István Mészáros (photo credit: Carrie Ann Naumoff)

    Obituary: István Mészáros, hungarian Marxist political philosopher who taught at St Andrews

    István Mészáros, Marxist political philosopher. Born: Budapest on 19 December 1930. Died: Kent on 1 October 2017.

  • Net Neutrality - Wake Up Call

    The FCC’s plan to end Net Neutrality: What you need to know

    The details of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to destroy Net Neutrality are out. And they’re even worse than expected. Our lawyers and policy experts are reviewing the reports and gathering details about Pai’s plan. This is our first read on the most important details you need to know about this proposal. We will update this post as new details emerge.  

  • Bags of corn flour left to rot seen inside Demaseca's company plant in Venezuela. | Photo: Alba Movimientos

    Venezuelan company lets 55 tons of flour rot

    The company received more than US$85 million in government subsidies in 2015 for the production and distribution of food at fair prices.

  • Capitalism

    Not with a bang but with a (prolonged) Whimper

    It is probably obvious to everyone that global capitalism is in dire straits, notwithstanding the brave talking up of output recovery that now characterises almost every meeting of the international governing elite. Even so, discussions of the end of capitalism still typically seem overstated and futile, not least because those hoping and mobilising for bringing in an alternative system are everywhere so scattered, weak and demoralised

  • Engels’ “theoretical moment”?

    In Marx and Engels’ Collected Works volume 47, I found a very interesting letter written by Engels to August Bebel. It was written about a month and half after Marx’s death, April 30 1883. Bebel seems to have suggested Engels to move somewhere else in Europe. Engels’ justifications to continue staying in England is quite remarkable.

  • [Archive photo] The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) Picture: Reuters

    NUMSA condemns the military coup in Zimbabwe

    Pressed by the military forces, the president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, has finally resigned from his seat after 37 years in power. Although his resignation was celebrated by many, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa warns that nothing good ever came from a military coup in Africa.

  • Britains private debt crisis

    Tackling Britain’s private debt crisis

    As of July 2017, the Bank of England measured the stock of private debt held by individuals at £1.548 trillion; making household sector indebtedness one of the biggest problems facing the United Kingdom’s economy and society. There is growing public policy concern over the historically unprecedented level of household debt but little by way of proposed solutions to deal with it.