Daily Archives: April 22, 2011

Καλώς ήλθατε στην ιστοσελίδα της Εναλλακτικής Κοινότητας “Πελίτι”

Από χέρι σε χέρι και από καρδιά σε καρδιά.

Είμαστε σημαντικοί ακόμα κι όταν δεν έχουμε χρήματα.
Η κινητήρια δύναμη της γης είναι η αγάπη.
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Robert Scheer: The New Corporate World Order – Robert Scheer’s Columns – Truthdig

It is time to admit that we are, in practice if not surface appearance, close to the Chinese communist model of state-sponsored capitalism that sacrifices the interests of ordinary workers, be they in the public or private sector, for the exorbitant profits of the superrich. It is the corporations that need big government to protect their interests, and one would hope they would be willing to pay for the services that their government so faithfully renders to make them obscenely wealthy as it studiously ignores the well-being of the rest of us.

via Robert Scheer: The New Corporate World Order – Robert Scheer’s Columns – Truthdig.

Capital as Power – The Bichler & Nitzan Archives

The Bichler & Nitzan Archives contain our own publications as well as related items. You are free to view, download, print, web-link and web-post material by Shimshon Bichler and/or Jonathan Nitzan with explicit and due attribution of authorship and publication.

via bnarchives – Home.

‘Capital’ (I): Nitzan & Bichler – Capital as Power: A Study of Order and Creorder

“Economists – both liberal and radical – claim to have understood that Capital is an economic category anchored in material reality. That the monetary value of capital derives from and reflects the underlying processes of consumption and production.

Mainstream neoclassical economists view this determination from the output side. Capital for them is made of tangible capital goods (and now also of intangible knowledge or technology). The magnitude of capital in money terms is proportionate to its productivity – namely, to its ability to produce goods and services that satisfy human wants and generate happiness. For them, Capital is a material object.

While Marxists approach capital not from the output side, but from the input side – the side of labour. The dollar value of capital in the Marxist scheme is proportionate to its cost of production, and, specifically, to the amount of abstract labour socially necessary to produce that capital. For them capital is a social relationship embedded in productive, material entities.”

Nitzan & Bichler claim that “Capital is neither a material object nor a social relationship embedded in material entities. It is not ‘augmented’ by power. It is, in itself, a symbolic representation of power.”

via ‘Capital’ (I): Nitzan & Bichler.

A New Trade Unionism in the Making? Hilary Wainwright

This de facto defeat for democratic public intervention at a decisive moment, consolidated the fundamental neoliberal notion that public spending, especially on social provision, holds back the private sector, the sacrosanct driver of the economy. This was given weight by neoliberal theoretical notions such as ‘crowding out,’ a ‘fiscal burden,’ and others. In other words, the financial crisis is completing the delegitimization – within the political and media institutions – of the economics of social need and public goods; the economics of the non-commodified sphere that has since 1945 existed as a compromise within capitalist economies.

via Socialist Project | The Bullet.

The Path for Venezuela Cannot Be Neoliberalism or Stalinism

Radicalization can go in many directions. One could propose, as many popular sectors demand, a radicalization of democracy. This would require opening up spaces of participation, places of debate and a plurality of initiatives by Venezuelan society. But what is happening instead is going in the other direction: more hierarchical decision-making and a further concentration of power.

via Socialist Project | The Bullet.