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Panitch on the lack of ambition and self-confidence of the Left

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In 2011, Leo Panitch wrote a piece, The Left’s Crisis, examining the Left’s response to the present crisis. He noted the Left’s response could be broken into two types: “irresponsible” and “fundamentally misleading”. In the irresponsible group, he puts those who called on Washington to let the banks fail, which, he asserted, gave no thought to the consequences of such …

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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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CLUELESS: QE to Infinity

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Based on what I have described of Bernanke’s policy failure so far, is it possible to predict anything about the future results of an open ended purchase of financial assets under QE3? I think so, and I share why in this last part of this series. Author: Jehu Eaves Visit Jehu’s Website – Email Jehu I am a “marxist-in-recovery”, which …

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CLUELESS: Bernanke’s desperate gambit

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I stopped my examination of Bernanke’s approach to this crisis and the problem of deflation after looking at his 1991 paper and his speech in 2002. I now want to return to that series, examining two of his speeches this to discuss the problems confronting bourgeois monetary policy in the crisis that began in 2007-8. Author: Jehu Eaves Visit Jehu’s …

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CLUELESS: “Deflation is bad. M’kay?”

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The world market had been shaken by a series of financial crises, and the economy of Japan had fallen into a persistent deflationary state, When Ben Bernanke gave his 2002 speech before the National Economists Club, “Deflation: Making Sure “It” Doesn’t Happen Here”. Bernanke was going to explain to his audience filled with some of the most important economists in …

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CLUELESS: How Ben Bernanke is managing the demise of capitalism

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So I am spending a week or so trying to understand Ben Bernanke’s approach to this crisis based on three sources from his works. In this part, the source is an essay published in 1991: “The Gold Standard, Deflation, and Financial Crisis in the Great Depression: An International Comparison”. In this 1991 paper, Bernanke tries to explain the causes of …

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Anarchists, Libertarians and Marxists need to change the debate on jobs and debt (2)

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We have to change the terms of the debate on jobs and debt. We need to insist a job is nothing more than wage slavery and we don’t need Washington’s effort to create more of it by adding to this wage slavery even with more debt slavery. It is not like we have to argue existing jobs need to go …

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How Quantitative Easing really works: Occupy Wall Street Edition (2)

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As a contribution to Occupy Wall Street’s efforts against debt, I am continuing my reading of William White’s “Ultra Easy Monetary Policy and the Law of Unintended Consequences” (PDF). I have covered sections A and B. In this last section I am looking at to section C of White’s paper and his conclusion. Back to the Future It is interesting …

JehuHow Quantitative Easing really works: Occupy Wall Street Edition (2)
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Open Letter to Mr. Tsipras: You call that a fucking plan?

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To Mr. Tsipras of the Greece party, Syriza, I read your letter to Angela Merkel today the Guardian and was not impressed. Frankly, I expected a guy who just might be running Greece next year to have a better argument than the one you gave. You stated: As Angela Merkel visits Athens on Tuesday, she will find a Greece in …

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Anarchists, Libertarians and Marxists need to change the debate on jobs and debt (1)

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We have to change the terms of the debate on jobs and debt. We need to insist a job is nothing more than wage slavery and we don’t need Washington’s effort to create more of it adding to this wage slavery even with more debt slavery. It is not like we have to argue existing jobs need to go away; …

JehuAnarchists, Libertarians and Marxists need to change the debate on jobs and debt (1)
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Letter to the Occupy Movement: The jobs number you never hear about says Washington’s fucked

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Here is an interesting chart from Zero Hedge: In data going back to 1980, employment for younger workers aged 20-24 has never increased in the month of September — that is, it has never increased until this year: I know what you are thinking: the data provided by Washington is a fraud. I am going to show why, even if …

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How Quantitative Easing really works: Occupy Wall Street Edition

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Since Occupy Wall Street appears to be undertaking a concerted push toward addressing the growing debt servitude of the mass of working families to Wall Street banksters, I thought it might be interesting to understand how the Federal Reserve is now doubling down on a policy of manufacturing an even greater debt burden for working families under the guise of …

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Robert Kurz: The Road to Devaluation Shock and the Collapse of Capitalism (Final)

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5. The recovery of capitalism is no longer possible Kurz’s overall analysis of the crisis that emerged full blown in 2008 consists of four fundamental bullet points: First, in the course of capitalist development Marx’s theory states there is a rising composition of constant capital to variable capital; this rising composition of capital compels an increasing dependence of productive capital …

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Robert Kurz: The Road to Devaluation Shock and the Collapse of Capitalism (4)

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4. The Necessary Parasitism of Fascist State In a recent interview, Saint Paul Krugman gave us this gem of bourgeois economic theory: SPIEGEL: More stimulus also means more debt. Many European nations, as well as the US, are already drowning in debt. Krugman: I’m not saying that I don’t ever care about debt, but not now. If you slash spending, …

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Robert Kurz: The Road to Devaluation Shock and the Collapse of Capitalism (3)

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3. A society suffocating under the manufacture of overwork If you are a regular reader of this blog, you are familiar with one of my favorite quotes by that buffoon of fascist state economic policy, Larry Summers, who, in response to a question posed by a reporter on reducing hours of labor as a solution to the horrific unemployment that …

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Worthless money as a rational absurdity

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I want to recommend everyone read John Weeks’ paper, “The theoretical and empirical credibility of commodity money“, because he presents a key to the analysis of neoclassical economic theory that unlocks its inner logic. I missed the juicy goodness of his argument in my first read because I have an aversion to mixing math with social criticism. However, in his …

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Why is the Bank for International Settlements interested in Karl Marx? (Final)

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(Or, more importantly, why should anarchists, libertarians and Marxists be as well) So, has any reader of this blog heard that economists have conceded Marx was right after all? Have you at any time during the past 40 years heard an economist admit that Marx was correct in his transformation argument? I am really confused by this, because although Paul …

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Why is the Bank for International Settlements interested in Karl Marx? (Part three)

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In my previous post, I stated: In reality, there was nothing in Bohm-Bawerk’s argument to be disproved. Bohm-Bawerk had indeed cited the essential contradiction at the core of capitalism. His problem, however, was to imagine the contradiction to be a defect of Marx’s theory, and not a fatal flaw laying at the heart of the capitalist mode of production itself.” …

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Why is the Bank for International Settlements interested in Karl Marx? (Part two)

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In the previous blog post, I argued that in each of the three great capitalist catastrophes of the 19th and 20th Centuries — the Long Depression, the Great Depression and the Great Stagflation — economists scurried to bone up on Marx in an effort to understand practical problems of state economic policy confronting them at the time. Naturally, the connection …

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Why is the Bank for International Settlements interested in Karl Marx?

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I’m reading, “The Transformation Problem: A Tale of Two Interpretations”, by David Bieri. According to his profile, David studied economics at the London School of Economics and international finance at the University of Durham (UK). In 2006, he started his Ph.D. studies in SPIA. From 1999 until 2006, David held various senior positions at the Bank for International Settlements, most …

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MONEYLESS: Deflation (Or, "too little money")

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FOFOA’s argument against modern money theory can be summarized as follows: A staggeringly massive hyperinflationary event is already latent in the global economy. The dollars currently in circulation only retain their purchasing power because of the function of money as medium for the circulation of commodities. Modern money theory, which proposes the fascist state faces no monetary constraint on spending …

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MONEYLESS: FOFOA on Hyperinflation (or "too little money")

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Toward the end of his case against the modern money school, FOFOA offers this insight into Wiemar Republic hyperinflation, and what he argues is the basis for the coming hyperinflation set to be unleashed in the dollar system: As the German Mark fell, there was “not enough money” to pay the debt. And with a little inflation, there is “not …

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MONEYLESS: The Dollar Puzzle

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It turns out my first reaction to FOFOA’s post, Moneyness, was the correct one: the Moneyness of the dollar is to Money what Stephen Colbert’s Truthiness is to Truth, i.e., NOT. To really understand the significance of FOFOA’s pure concept of money, I will compare it to Karl Marx’s and classical political-economy’s view of money. In the latter view, value …

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MONEYLESS: FOFOA on the Dollar, Gold and the Present Crisis

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I am now reading FOFOA’s Moneyness, an epic length blog on the history of money. I was lured into reading it by the title, which I stupidly misinterpreted as tongue in cheek on the order of Colbert’s Truthiness. In fact, it is an attempt to bring his view on money to an analysis of the current global monetary crisis. FOFOA …

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A Critique of Pure Bullshit, Part Three: Eichengreen on Ron Paul (A Tale of Two Monies)

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I have been critiquing Barry Eichengreen’s unprincipled attack on Ron Paul and his demand for a return to the gold standard, but, so far, I have danced around the real question posed by this vicious hit piece. Eichengreen’s argument is not about whether or not Ron Paul’s ideas can be compared to the insanity of Glenn Beck, nor is it …

JehuA Critique of Pure Bullshit, Part Three: Eichengreen on Ron Paul (A Tale of Two Monies)