capitalism

Beyond the agrarian revolution - Peter Jonas

Agricultural workers

The text translated below discusses the role of the agrarian revolution in marxist political movements and the underlying historical/theoretical assumptions about capitalist development. It also goes into the current state of affairs resulting from the global demise of the independent peasantry and revolutionary peasant movements, and asks what remains of a communist agrarian programme.

Stitched Up

An account of working conditions and class relations in a small business.

Bloody legislation against the expropriated

Vagrant being punished in Tudor England

Karl Marx's short history of the violent legislation introduced by governments in Europe to force peasants removed from their land into wage labour from the 16th century.

The lie of black capitalism

Urban poor in Ghana

Article by Hija de Oya explaining how the liberation of black people is inherently bound up in the struggle against capitalism.

Much ado about nothing - Théorie Communiste

TC undertake a painstaking, point-by-point refutation of Love of Labor? Love of Labour Lost…, first by developing in detail the concept of programmatism, which allows for an historicisation of the terms of class struggle, revolution and communism, then by delineating the originality of a new cycle of struggle, beyond programmatism.

Private property, substance of state - humanaesfera

A detailed and concise analysis of what the state is and how it operates

Abstract labour and value in Marx’s system - Isaak Illich Rubin

An English translation of a lecture given at a meeting of the General Economics Section of the Institute for Economics, Moscow, by I.I. Rubin in May and June 1927. First published in 'Pod Znamenem Marksizma', 1927; source: 'Capital and Class' #5, Summer 1978; translated: by Kathleen Gilbert; transcribed: by Andrew Chitty.

Marx? Which Marx? - Anders Ramsay

In order to read Marx afresh, previous interpretations of Marx need to be corrected. In particular, that which sees money and credit as surface phenomena, based on Marx's naturalistic understanding of value as being inherent in a commodity. This strand of Marxism overlooks the contemporary role played by credit in the reproduction of capital. Published 21 December 2009.

Douglas Fraser's Resignation letter from the Labor-Management Group

The then President of the UAW's resignation letter from the Labor Management Group[1]. The letter outlines his disappointment with the group and rejects the strategy of collaboration. But it also reflects on the then contemporary class struggle and outlines the growing tensions between major corporations and the labor movement.