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Causes of Crisis

Grace Lee Boggs: Naming the Enemy

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This article was originally posted on the Boggs Center’s website. A specter is haunting the American people– the specter of destruction by capitalism. In its limitless quest for profits capitalism has defiled our human relationships by turning them into money relationships. It has transformed Work from a precious human activity into Jobs which are done…

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Moishe Postone: Capitalism, Temporality, and the Crisis of Labor

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This Lecture was presented by the American Academy in Berlin. “The current crisis has laid bare the contradictory and shaky character of contemporary capitalism. Yet the essentially inchoate responses to the crisis have dramatically revealed the absence of a robust conceptualization of post-capitalist society and, by implication, of a robust critique of capital. One result…

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Wolfgang Streeck: How Will Capitalism End? (¿Cómo terminará el capitalismo? – incluído en Español)

in Causes of Crisis/Decomposition of State and Representative Institutions/Economic Crisis

This article was originally published in the New Left Review.  En español aquí. There is a widespread sense today that capitalism is in critical condition, more so than at any time since the end of the Second World War. [1] Looking back, the crash of 2008 was only the latest in a long sequence of political…

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Eric Cheyfitz: The Disinformation Age

in Causes of Crisis/Collapse of Knowledge/Decomposition of State and Representative Institutions/Podcast

“My meaning of disinformation is a real historical break in political discourse so that what begins to happen – and it is reflexive rather than conscious or planned by any particular entity – is that another history starts to emerge which itself is detached from actual history. That [detached] history takes hold and becomes the status…

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David Graeber: Of Flying Cars and the Declining Rate of Profit

in Causes of Crisis/Collapse of Knowledge/Desertification of Subjective Life

This article was originally published in The Baffler. A secret question hovers over us, a sense of disappointment, a broken promise we were given as children about what our adult world was supposed to be like. I am referring not to the standard false promises that children are always given (about how the world is…

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Havin Guneser: On Kurdish Struggle at EZLN Hydra Seminar

in Causes of Crisis/Expressions of Crisis/Global Eliminationist War/What Is To Be Done

“Without understanding how masculinity was socially formed, one cannot analyze the institution of state and therefore will not be accurately be able to define the war and power culture related to statehood… This is what paved the way for femicide and the exploitation and colonization of peoples…” Listen to the full talk by Havin Guneser…

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Paul Mattick with John Clegg and Aaron Benanav: The Economic Crisis in Fact and Fiction

in Causes of Crisis/Economic Crisis/Expressions of Crisis

This article was originally published June 3, 2011 in The Brooklyn Rail. Paul Mattick’s most recent book, Business as Usual: The Economic Crisis and the Future of Capitalism, was just published by Reaktion Books. In late April, he sat down with John Clegg and Aaron Benanav of the journal Endnotes. Rail: Recent reports suggest that…

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Kali Akuno: Until We Win: Black Labor and Liberation in the Disposable Era

in Causes of Crisis/Decomposition of State and Representative Institutions/Expressions of Crisis/Global Eliminationist War/Mass Dispossession/What Is To Be Done

This article was originally published Sep 4, 2015 in Counterpunch. Since the rebellion in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014, Black people throughout the United States have been grappling with a number of critical questions such as why are Black people being hunted and killed every 28 hours or more by various operatives of the law?…

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Krisis Group: Manifesto Against Labour

in Causes of Crisis/Desertification of Subjective Life/Economic Crisis/Expressions of Crisis/What Is To Be Done

This article was originally published Dec 31, 1999 by the Krisis Group. 1. The rule of dead labour A corpse rules society – the corpse of labour. All powers around the globe formed an alliance to defend its rule: the Pope and the World Bank, Tony Blair and Jörg Haider, trade unions and entrepreneurs, German…

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Immanuel Wallerstein: Secular Stagnation, or is it worse?

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This article was originally published Sep 15, 2016 in Agence Global.  The world’s economists have been wrestling with something they have found difficult to explain. Why is it that stock market prices have continued to go up despite the fact that something called growth seems to be stagnant? In mainstream economic theory, it’s not supposed…

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