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Facing Down A Gangster: Four measures a small country can take against the United States

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I’ve been brain-storming about what a small state can do in an era where the US clearly can dictate terms within the world market. This thinking has been triggered by such recent events as the complete humiliation of the president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, in pursuit of the whistle-blower Edward Snowden; the coup in Egypt to overthrow the democratically elected …

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What is the difference between Association and the State?

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Certain Marxists have their own weasel words to cover their statist inclination. Unless pressed to demonstrate it, they routinely refer to the Dictatorship of the Proletariat (as one person stated to me) as “a ruling class’ instrument of the suppression of class enemies”. The employment of coercion against the capitalists, they assert, means the association of the working class is …

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San Francisco anarchists need you to fax/email/phone flood the SF DA’s office.

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Full disclosure: I have known Lauren Smith, one of the subjects of this blog post, for over five years. We are online friends, and I first “met” her through a feminist community I once co-moderated. An estimated 22 anti-capitalist protesters were arrested on Saturday after police clad in riot gear violently disrupted their march against colonial genocide, which is celebrated …

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Cat Brain at Work: How Chris Harman explains the “Marxist theory of stagnation”

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As part of my continuing occupation of the Marxist Academy, I have been looking at various Marxist theories of the crisis of neoliberalism. I am now reading the late Chris Harman’s “The rate of profit and the world today”, written in 2007, just prior to the big crash. This is part two of my examination. ***** Before we go any …

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Chasing Unicorns: Chris Harman and the “Marxist theory of stagnation”

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As part of my continuing occupation of the Marxist Academy, I have been looking at various Marxist theories of the crisis of neoliberalism. I am now reading the late Chris Harman’s “The rate of profit and the world today”, written in 2007, just prior to the big crash. ***** Harman appears to be one of a group of the influential …

JehuChasing Unicorns: Chris Harman and the “Marxist theory of stagnation”
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Marxist Academic Error 101: “A term is undefined and has no properties”

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As part of my continuing occupation of the Marxist Academy, I have been looking at various Marxist theories of the crisis of neoliberalism. This is the final part of my critique of Andrew Kliman’s “Neoliberalism, Financialization, and the Underlying Crisis of Capitalist Production” (PDF). ***** As can be seen in the chart above, most bourgeois economists look at fascist state …

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Theories of the Current Crisis: David Harvey and the Left's search for a new master

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I have been reading David Harvey’s “Organizing for the Anti-Capitalist Transition” (2010). Harvey’s theory of the current crisis differs somewhat from the other Marxists I have been following. I actually rather enjoyed reading Harvey because he is simple to read without being simplistic like Wolff’s and Resnick’s piece. Harvey gave this originally as a talk to the World Social Forum …

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John O'Connor, Neoliberalism and the Long Painful Death of the Nation State

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The modern state, no matter what its form, is essentially a capitalist machine — the state of the capitalists, the ideal personification of the total national capital. The more it proceeds to the taking over of productive forces, the more does it actually become the national capitalist, the more citizens does it exploit. The workers remain wage-workers — proletarians. The …

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The Black Hole: Marxism, the State and the Social Revolution (3)

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“…the more does it actually become the national capitalist, the more citizens does it exploit.” In the first part of the series, I made three critical assumptions about present political-economic relations. First, in 1929, Capitalism suffered a general breakdown, brought on by absolute over-accumulation — absolute over-production. This crisis, known popularly as the Great Depression, occurred in every major industrialized …

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The Black Hole: Marxism, the State and the Social Revolution (2)

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(I want to clarify that I am discussing certain writers, while withholding judgement on their overall work. It is not my intention to assert they were wrong in their time and place, only that their arguments have been taken out of context by what is currently referred to generally as “Marxism”. Moreover, by “Marxism” I include the body of work …

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The Black Hole: Marxism, the State and the Social Revolution

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There is a massive black hole in the center of Marxism that cannot be ignored, since it touches on the question of social revolution itself. That question can be posed this way: What happened to the Soviet Union? But, the better formulation is this: Why didn’t the Great Depression touch off a revolution in the West? Numerous explanations of this …

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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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Marx's Theory or Marxist Theory?: How Daniel Morley (mis)Educated Anarchists

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As Marx observed, no society has imagined itself into existence, which is to say, women and men do not set out to build their society according to some preconceived blueprint. The social relations resulting from human action appear to us in later times as the preconceived ideas of the creators of those social relations when, in fact, the ideas never …

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

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Call me unnecessarily skeptical about these things, but when I run into a narrative that fits neatly into my assumptions I immediately begin to question my assumptions. The cartoonish battle unfolding in Madison just does not hold up to scrutiny: we have unions that are not unions and only exist because the state of Wisconsin granted them the right to …

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

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The battle lines seem familiar enough: on the one hand we have a coalition of the most regressive right wing forces who have set out to destroy unions and the rights of labor generally; and who appear intent on driving wages to levels commensurate with those of the age of robber barons. On the other hand, a coalition of unions …

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Stateless society and the uprising in Egypt.

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Can the events in Tunisia and Egypt reshape the way libertarians, anarchists and communists think both about a stateless society and how this stateless society can emerge? I think it should. The popular uprising, somewhat discredited as a means of achieving a stateless society until recently, appears to be in vogue again. What makes it of particular interest to me …

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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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