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The Working Class and the Middle Classes in the Greek Economic Crisis: Allies in a Common Anti-Neoliberal Strategy?

8 Dez , 2019  

George Economakis and John Milios

ABSTRACT

On the basis of a Marxist analysis of capitalist relations of classpower and the class configuration in contemporary advanced capitalist societies, the paper investigates the consequences of the recent economic crisis and of the neoliberal capitalist strategies in Greece (austerity, market liberalization and privatizations), ...

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The Time Modalities of Capital and Postone’s Misinterpretation

7 Dez , 2019  

One should by no means identify the abstract time of capital with a linear and homogeneous order of time, in which, in a continuous flow of time running ahead on the time stream, each time stage simultaneously excludes the other (past – present – future), ergo with a linear time, ...

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On the question of real estate Speculation (1)

6 Dez , 2019  

Today, on the one hand, we are seeing rising rents and the infamous gentrification, vertical housing construction and expensive condominiums in the centres of large cities, monstrous large-scale projects and massive urbanization processes in the emerging countries and peripheries, and on the other hand, the increase in urban poverty, vacancies ...

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How Marxism today has to read Capital and how it has to analyze the current capital relations.

3 Dez , 2019  

Even for Marx, an important consequence of extracting added value in the production of goods is that the added value is transformed into what we now call an asset. In this context, the asset is a means of preserving added value on the one hand and of accumulating it on ...

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The Marxist concept of capital

29 Nov , 2019  

Dirk Baecker writes in a current article: “Capital too must not be thought in singular terms, but in plural terms”. If he then immediately jumps to the competition, he follows a trail without being able to represent and explain connections. The miracle formula is called: Singular=Plural. We will show that ...

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The esoteric Marx: relative surplus value, capital, finance

26 Nov , 2019  

Marx has assigned the financial instruments exclusively to the sphere of circulation and analysed their function separately from the functioning of the technologies or physical means of production, which preserve the past wealth and at the same time enable a future demand for goods produced. In Marx’s case, when it ...

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Global Order and Imperialism

24 Nov , 2019  

The fact that struggles for reproductive conditions or circulation struggles are increasing again worldwide at the moment is no coincidence. In France in particular, they are increasing in intensity from week to week with the Yellow West. The shifts are easy to understand there, the radicalism of the Riots, the ...

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EconoFiction, NonPolitics

World Riots – Ein neuer Zyklus der Kämpfe (2)

20 Nov , 2019  

Auch wenn man jeden einzelnen Aufstand auf die eigene politische Dynamik untersuchen muss, so antworten die Aufstände doch fast ausnahmslos auf die globale Krise von 2008. Während Mexiko, Zentralamerika und die Karibik aufgrund ihrer Integration in den US-Markt direkt von der Krise betroffen waren, trat die Krise in Südamerika mit ...

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Economic Concessions in Reaction to the Movement in Hong Kong? (engl/deutsch)

19 Nov , 2019  

The Hong Kong government is so far mainly using repressive measures against the mass movement, but, recently, state media in China have started pushing for a change in the city’s housing policy – possibly a first sign for economic concessions in reaction to the pressure ‘from below.’

The Hong Kong ...

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Marx and Credit

17 Nov , 2019  

As a pure form of the “alienation of the capital relationship”, as Marx writes, money and capital markets emerge, which today confirm day by day that credit money, government bonds and synthetic securities as fictitious or speculative capital determine the economy in the last instance. And when Vilém Flusser writes ...

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Imperialism and World Market

13 Nov , 2019  

While there are important parallels between the national market and the world market, the latter is not simply a subcategory of the latter. A more detailed analysis of the world market reveals that it is more than just the aggregation of states and enterprises, namely a complex structure, a chain ...

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The miraculous Credit Creation of Private Banks

12 Nov , 2019  

As early as 400 years ago, English goldsmiths began to create paper money by administering their customers’ gold coins and issuing a kind of certificate on them (indicating the amount of gold they had stored) and then lending it as quasi-money, without any further savings being made. Since it rarely ...

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The capital – from the nihilistic operator to the suicidal fascist

11 Nov , 2019  

Lyotard writes that capital is a pseudo-organism that is not even able to formulate a discourse that establishes its own truth, since it has no metaphysics to explain and justify its existence. The statement made by the Invisible Committee that we live in a world without justification has been true ...

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EconoFiction, NonPolitics

WORLD RIOTS – A NEW CYCLE OF FIGHTING (1)

8 Nov , 2019  

There are decades when nothing happens. And there are weeks in which decades happen.”
​Lenin ​Be it France, Hong Kong, Ecuador, Haiti, Egypt, Algeria, Lebanon, Iraq, Catalonia or Chile – the uprisings mark the beginning of a new cycle of struggles.

The current Riots open up a political ...

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EconoFiction, NonPolitics

World Riots – Ein neuer Zyklus der Kämpfe (1)

7 Nov , 2019  

“Es gibt Dekaden, in denen nichts passiert. Und es gibt Wochen, in denen sich Dekaden abspielen.” Lenin

Sei es Frankreich, Hongkong, Ecuador, Haiti, Ägypten, Algerien, Libanon, Irak, Katalonien oder Chile – die Aufstände markieren den Beginn eines neuen Zyklus von Kämpfen.

Die derzeitigen Riots eröffnen eine politische Situation mit polaren ...

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Kojin Karatani and the Historotranscendental Logic of Capital

7 Nov , 2019  

If one wants to follow the Japanese philosopher Kojin Karatani, Marx has posed the problem of the value form and value in the course of the theoretical treatment of the antinomy of intrinsic value and value relativism. (Cf. Karatani 2003) For Marx, this problem presented itself as follows with regard ...

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Nick Dyer-Withefords Cyber-Proletariat. Accumulation of Capital, Cybernetics and proletarian class.

25 Okt , 2019  

Cybernetics and Class
Why speak of a global proletariat in the context of cybernetic capital? The term “cybernetics” has two meanings. The first is the school of thought that developed its theories for the British and American military in the 1930s through experiments in radar technology, ballistics and the construction ...

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Value Theory

18 Okt , 2019  

The actualization of value depends on material, symbolic money, which as the counterpart of value – counterpart, insofar as money nourishes the illusion of being able to give crisisless form to the potentially infinite of exploitation – affirms and actualizes its assertiveness in the price form. To this end, it ...

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The Global World Order

17 Okt , 2019  

The fact that struggles for reproductive conditions or circulation struggles are increasing again worldwide at the moment is no coincidence. In France in particular, they are increasing in intensity from week to week with the Yellow West. The shifts are easy to understand there, the radicalism of the Riots, the ...

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EconoFiction, Mashines

Money Robots

16 Okt , 2019  

Money robots are actually nothing more than complex algorithms that analyze and process data and are also able to learn from feedback and results. Former MEP Martin Ehrenhauser has published an informative book on this subject. The book “Die Geldroboter”, published by ProMedia-Verlag, deals with the function and effectiveness of ...

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Financial Capital Globalization as Capital Discipline and the Socialist Alternative

10 Okt , 2019  

John Milios National Technical University of Athens, john.milios@gmail.com

Dimitris P. Sotiropoulos The Open University Business School, UK, d.p.sotiropoulos@gmail.com

1. Globalization, financialization, crisis

The current financial crisis of capitalism is without precedent in the post-war period. Regarding the crisis, recent heterodox literature is dominated by a single and persistent argument. The ...

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FX & Imperialism

8 Okt , 2019  

What affects the exchange rate of a country’s currency? The answer depends on where that country stands in the world economy. Not simply because an exchange rate is the value of one currency versus another, so that you must weigh up two or more countries. It is mainly because the ...

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EconoFiction, Mashines

Do Androids Dream of Surplus Value?

8 Okt , 2019  

Androids, if they were to come into existence, would be the outcome of scientific and engineering ingenuity and thus be products of past living labour. Although the androids might be Turing-compatible, Voight-Kammpf cheating and Asimov-law abiding, they would be dead labour. Indeed as outcomes of a capitalist production process they ...

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