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Guglielmo Carchedi’s bad advice for activists

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Keynesian economic policies don’t work, but fighting for these policies will? Guglielmo Carchedi’s essay on the so-called Marxist multiplier has me bugging. He is handing out bad advice to activists in the social movements and telling them this bad advice is based on Marx’s labor theory of value. The bad advice can be summed up concisely: Keynesian policies do not …

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Marx’s Inconvenient Truth for Marxism and the Left

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In 2003, Michael Lebowitz asked an interesting question: What Keeps Capitalism Going? What explains the persistence of an exploitative relationship in which the working class must sell their labor power to the capitalists who own the means of production. This latter group — the capitalists — have no concern for the workers, Lebowitz explains; they have only two interests in …

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Critical Literacy, Sustainability, and Personal Power: Using Hilary Janks as a Model for Change in American Education and Environmentalism

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If a society of empowered citizens is to be realized, it’s imperative that an education system adopt Janks’s critical literacy doctrine and apply it in a sustainable environment.  What better way to empower citizens and overcome a hegemonic order than to adopt truly sustainable practices and become self-sufficient? In reading Literacy and Power by Hilary Janks, I was impressed with her ability …

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A critical examination of Kevin Carson’s Mutualism (Final Part)

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“Well, what point of view would you expect to come out of this?” Noam Chomsky In his mutualist economic work, Studies in Mutualist Political Economy, Carson asks us to consider two questions: “1) if the “historical process” of primitive accumulation involved the use of force, how essential was force to that process; and if force was essential to the process, …

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A critical examination of Kevin Carson’s Mutualism (Part Five)

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“…an ingredient in someone’s soup.” –Rod Serling According to Carson the arguments of the Anarcho-Capitalist and Marxist variants of critical communist theory identify a movement of large-scale, organized capital to obtain its profits through state intervention into the economy, although the regulations entailed in this project are usually sold to the public as progressive restraints on big business, which creates, …

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A critical examination of Kevin Carson’s Mutualism (Part Four)

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“woeful work they have made with it…” Kevin Carson asserts Marx held to the idea the abolition of the system of wage slavery could not occur until the productive forces it represents had reached their fullest possible development. According to Carson, Marx made the argument that an attempt to create a society free of exploitation before technical and productive prerequisites …

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A critical examination of Kevin Carson’s Mutualism (Part Three)

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Even when it was laissez, it wasn’t faire If it were merely a historical question of the material role the State played in the emergence of Capital, and the role it continues to play in Capital’s own development even now, Kevin Carson and Karl Marx would be in complete agreement on the facts. Even if we extended Carson’s argument to …

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A critical examination of Kevin Carson’s Mutualism (Part Two)

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Our friend, Moneybags, must be so lucky… I apologize to readers for the mind-numbingly extensive quotes in the previous post, but I wanted it to be absolutely clear that the historical record demonstrates Carson is entirely on firm footing when he asserts Capital — that is, Wage Slavery — would be impossible without the State — not just presently, but …

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A critical examination of Kevin Carson’s Mutualism (Part One)

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Capital, or, Slavery by Another Name Kevin Carson’s “Austrian & Marxist Theories of Monopoly Capital: A Mutualist Synthesis” states his Mutualist position in opposition to both the anarcho-capitalist Libertarian and Marxist theories of monopoly capitalism. The theories of the Anarcho-Capitalist camp and the Marxist camp are, in turn, set in opposition to mainstream liberal and conservative arguments. According to Carson, …

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Inflation, the negative rate of profit, and the Fascist State (Part seven)

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In part one of this series, I showed how inflation affects not only consumption but also production. In the former, inflation expresses itself in the fall of the consumption power of the mass of society. In the latter, inflation expresses itself as a fall in the actual realized rate of profit — a negative rate of profit arising not from …

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Inflation, the negative rate of profit, and the Fascist State (Part five)

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According to the Wikipedia entry on Executive Order 6102, the fine for hoarding gold was ten thousand dollars. At the same time, the executive order demanded all private holdings be turned in and exchanged for government issued ex nihilo dollars at an exchange rate of $20.67 per troy ounce of gold. Using this as our base measure, the fine for …

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Inflation, the negative rate of profit, and the Fascist State (Part four)

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In the bare bones sketch of Marx’s theory I argued that the value of the object serving as money played no role in its function as money. This was incomplete, of course, but it served to advance my argument until I could directly address the implication of debasement of money by the industrial powers during the Great Depression. In reality, …

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Inflation, the negative rate of profit, and the Fascist State (Part three)

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The Wikipedia definition of inflation includes this rather silly statement on the definition of the so-called “real value” of money: …inflation also reflects an erosion in the purchasing power of money – a loss of real value in the internal medium of exchange and unit of account in the economy. In this statement the “real value” of money is reduced …

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Bakunin's Anarchism, Marxists Dogmas and Marx

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  I set out to write a piece on Murray Rothbard and communism. Instead, I got bogged down by this detour into Marx’s theoretical differences with Anarchism. The day progressed, Marx and Bakunin would not stop their bickering and let me leave. Alas, Murray will have to wait for another day. *** There is an interesting response given by Karl …

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Capital, Absolute Over-Accumulation and the Fascist State (Part five)

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I want to summarize a bit at this point, because I received a comment from one person that my writing style made his head hurt. If, I have made this unnecessarily difficult to understand I apologize for that. In part, this arises from the fact that I am grappling with this material as I write these posts. Writing is the …

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Capital, Absolute Over-Accumulation and the Fascist State (Part four)

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In its fully developed form, the Fascist State is an American empire imposed by the United States on all other national states, in which each of these national states are no more than its local (national) subsidiary. The emergence of this Fascist State became the condition for the further development of the World Market bound up with Capital. Over-accumulation of …

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Capital, Absolute Over-Accumulation and the Fascist State (Part three)

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The constant expansion of the Fascist State presupposes the constant expansion of capital which can no longer function as capital, which can no longer employ labor power for purposes of the self-expansion of capital; which, in other words, seeks its self-expansion, not by augmenting the productive capacity of society but by exploiting the wholesale destruction of this productive capacity through …

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Capital, Absolute Over-Accumulation and the Fascist State (Part two)

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Capital is production run amok — production for the sake of production; the Fascist State — which in its fully developed form only exists in the American State — is consumption for the sake of Capital, i.e., consumption for the sake of production run amok. Since it produces nothing, the expenditure of the Fascist State is composed entirely of the …

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Capital, Absolute Over-Accumulation and the Fascist State

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In Capital , Volume 3, Chapter 15, Section III, Marx asks, “When would over-production of capital be absolute?” He is speaking here not merely of commodity overproduction, but of the over-accumulation of all the elements of Capital. There would be absolute over-production of capital as soon as additional capital for purposes of capitalist production = 0. The purpose of capitalist …

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Class War in Madison? Not so fast… (Final thoughts)

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The argument i have tried to make in the previous parts of this series ( one, two, three and four) is simple: What is taking place in the battle in Wisconsin, and the battle against austerity generally has nothing to do with Capital directly, but instead is concerned with the massive population of working people rendered completely redundant by the …

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Class War in Madison? Not so fast… (Part four)

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In parts one, two and three, I have made several observations which can be summarized this way: First, the argument that the event unfolding in Wisconsin, Ohio and other states are a battle over public union rights is disproved once we realize that these public unions are not and never were unions. The public unions are organs of the State, …

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Class War in Madison? Not so fast… (Part three)

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I stated earlier that I think the Koch Brothers are being framed for the events in Wisconsin, but I don’t want you to get me wrong here: the Koch Brothers will get no defense from me — nor would they need or want one. They are libertarians who really do want to get rid of the welfare state — or …

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Can government be reduced without limiting hours of Labor?

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Is it possible to get rid of government, either by abolishing it outright or gradually reducing it, without, at the same time, ridding society of Labor? This is a question posed by libertarians and marxists who declare their opposition to abolishing one or the other. First, let’s define what I mean by Labor. As I am using the word, Labor …

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“It must be broken”: Rethinking Marx, Liberty, the Individual and the State

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We can now restate Marx’s theory in a way which will make it easily digestible by those who stand full square for a completely stateless society, as well as the various and sundry people who seem intent on getting him completely wrong in every possible variation — including the imbeciles who count themselves among his followers: Marx came to the …

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The Value of Nothing: Rethinking Marx, Liberty, the Individual and the State

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In the first part of this series (here) I argued that Karl Marx’s Individual is the same Individual who appears in the writings of 18th and 19th Century thinkers. Moreover, Marx’s assumptions imply an environment of Hobbes’ war of all against all and an increasingly illiberal, repressive and aggressive, parasitic State. In the second part of this series (here) I …

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