capitalism

Did the Bolshevik seizure of power inaugurate a socialist revolution? A Marxian inquiry - Paresh Chattopadhyay

Chattopadhyay applies Marxian categories to the Russian Revolution of 1917 to examine its socialist content.

The Marxian Concept of Capital and the Soviet Experience - Paresh Chattopadhyay

Paresth Chattopadhyay's book elaborating on Marx's concept of capital and applying it to the economy of the 'Soviet' Union, attempting to show how the production, reproduction and accumulation of capital continued within 'actually-existing socialism', as well as critiquing alternative theories of the fSU as 'socialism' or 'neither socialism nor capitalism'.

Government cuts - 'Are they really as stupid as they seem', by Hillel Ticktin

There are a surprising lack of convincing explanations as to why the capitalist class is pushing through the present unprecedented austerity drive - even at the risk of provoking both mass opposition and a double-dip recession. The following excerpts, from Hillel Ticktin's recent articles in Critique, do offer an interesting partial explanation:

Revolutionary Bread - Emile Pouget

Emile Pouget's short 1896 article for L’Almanach du Pere Peinard on capitalism and "the conquest of bread".

Capital - Karl Marx

The complete text online of Marx's Magnum Opus, Capital: a critique of political economy, a devastating critical analysis of capitalism.

The great money trick - Robert Tressell

The passage from Robert Tressell's 'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists' in which one of the characters cleverly outlines how the use of money under capitalism enriches capitalists and exploits the working class.

The Commodity, Chapter 1, Volume 1 of the first edition of Das Kapital

Translation of The Commodity the original chapter 1 of the first edition of Das Kapital and The Value-Form, the associated Appendix.

Private property, exclusion and the state - Junge Linke

Junge Linke on the interdependence of private property, capitalism and the state

Nature of the period: background and perspectives (NEFAC)

A short statement adopted by NEFAC, for the purposes of discussion, on the current economic situation.

Karl Marx on the transition from feudalism to capitalism - Claudio.J.Katz

A useful summary of the argument that the class struggle of the peasantry was crucial in the transition to capitalism.