capitalism

Reading Marx in the 21st century-Robert Kurz

In this introduction to his 2001 book, Marx Lesen, German author Robert Kurz sets forth brief summaries of his concepts of "non-simultaneity", "catch-up modernization", the "exoteric" and "esoteric" Marx, and the importance of understanding the role of "fetishism" in modern capitalism.

In this world, but not of this world - Gilles Dauvé

Gilles Dauvé discusses his 1972 essay Capitalism and Communism, Marxism and the state capitalist countries of the 20th century, the position of workers today.

Capitalism: an introduction

libcom.org's brief introduction to capitalism and how it works.

How a capitalist restaurant functions

An extract of Abolish Restaurants which outlines and explains the production process in a capitalist restaurant, which we feel is instructive of how capitalist entities function in general.

Let's make the rich richer and the poor poorer – that's the American dream!

A response to the call by left group MoveOn for "investment, to create decent jobs…" in the US.

Capitalism's Dismal Future - Paul Mattick

An essay about the current crisis of capitalism adapted from Paul Mattick's book Business as Usual: The Economic Crisis and the Failure of 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".