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Discussing Class with Doug Lain

The DietSoap podcast kicked off 2013 with a discussion between Doug Lain and myself about class. Click the picture below to be magically transported to the DietSoap site where you can hear all about it.

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Law of Value 5: Contradiction

We are all painfully aware that modern society is full of social antagonisms. There’s poverty amidst great wealth, over-work alongside massive unemployment, banks taking away homes, gentrification, racial tensions, violence against women, labor struggles, environmental apartheid, police brutality, gang violence, hate groups, massive dislocations of populations, and lots of war. Marx was interested in explaining all of these antagonisms, but he doesn’t start his analysis with any of them. Continue reading

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Law of Value 6 (or 5): Contradictions – a draft

Marx is always talking about contradictions in the law of value. But these aren’t logical contradictions like “round square” or “military intelligence”. They are contradictions inscribed into the very heart of the social relations of a capitalist society. Some prefer to use the word “antagonisms”. Continue reading

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Law of Value- Introduction

This video series will cover various topics in Marx’s theory of value: The difference between use-value, exchange value and value, the relation of supply, demand and price to value, abstract labor, exploitation, crisis, socially necessary labor time, and even what an understanding of value can tell us about changing the world. It is hoped that they can contribute to a better appreciation of the importance of value theory to radical movements today as they seek ideas with which to articulate their demands and strategies. Continue reading

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Rethinking Marxism: Temporal Value Theory in a Moment of Crisis; Roundtable on the Economic Crisis

This is video from a roundtable on the economic crisis held during this year’s Rethinking Marxism conference in Amherst Mass. Each panelist’s presentation stands on its own so they need not be viewed in any specific order. A brief bio proceeds each video as well as my own short summary of their argument. This is merely to help viewers decide what to watch and to give some brief context for the uninitated. Continue reading

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Robots vs. Luddites

part one: part two: Robots vs. Luddites 1812 Nottingham England In 1812 sabotage crept through the British countryside. By the cover of darkness gangs of weavers organized under their anonymous leader “General Ludd” broke into factories by night and smashed … Continue reading

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Left Forum ’09- Marx’s Capital and the Economic Crisis

I was quite fortunate to be invited to speak on a panel at the Left Forum this year (4-18-09) with some writers I greatly admire. Here I have posted the videos of all four speakers, the text to my portion, … Continue reading

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Exploitation FAQ

part one: part two: Common questions about exploitation. Q. I don’t make anything in my job. Am I still being exploited? Good Question. My videos on exploitation all state that workers produce surplus value for capitalists through the production of … Continue reading

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Exploitation and Morality

part one: part two: Exploitation and Morality intro- Exploitation is a heavy word. The term implies a strong moral critique of capitalism. Many people identify with this, but it turns others off. This video will deal with this problem by … Continue reading

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