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The myth of 1648: class, geopolitics, and the making of modern international relations - Benno Teschke

The myth of 1648 - Benno Teschke

This work presents a myth-busting account of how class conflict and economic development, and not only interstate rivalry, led to the emergence of the modern state system.

Inspired by the groundbreaking historical work of Robert Brenner, Teschke argues that property relations provide the key to unlocking the changing meaning of 'international' across the medieval, early modern and modern periods.

Syndicalism: the modern menace to capitalism - Emma Goldman

In view of the fact that the ideas embodied in Syndicalism have been practiced by the workers for the last half century, even if without the background of social consciousness; that in this country five men had to pay with their lives because they advocated Syndicalist methods as the most effective, in the struggle of labor against capital; and that, furthermore, Syndicalism has been consciously practiced by the workers of France, Italy and Spain since 1895, it is rather amusing to witness some people in America and England now swooping down upon Syndicalism as a perfectly new and never before heard-of proposition.

It is astonishing how very naïve Americans are, how crude and immature in matters of international importance. For all his boasted practical aptitude, the average American is the very last to learn of the modern means and tactics employed in the great struggles of his day. Always he lags behind in ideas and methods that the European workers have for years past been applying with great success.

The development of class struggle in Egypt - Lafif Lakhdar

In-depth analysis of the development of capitalism and class struggle in Egypt, from the 1940s until the 1970s. Contains interesting information about mass wildcat strikes and the 1977 food riots as well as their relationship to national liberation movements in the region.

The development of class struggle in Egypt*

Lafif Lakhdar

Autonomisation, financialisation, neoliberalism

An overview of the way in which with increasing autonomisation of finance capital, models come to shape the real economy and influence its restructuring.

Arbitrage is defined as any technique to profit from differences in price between identical assets in different markets. At its simplest, if an asset is priced at £1000 in one country and at £1200 in another, I can buy in the cheaper market and sell in the more expensive and profit from the difference.

Free economy and the strong state: some notes on the state - Werner Bonefeld

Free economy and the strong state: some notes on the state - Werner Bonefeld

Werner Bonefeld argues that the prominent role of the state since the financial crisis of 2008 is not a break with 'neoliberalism', because a free market and a strong state require one another.

Abstract

Colonization and housewifization - Maria Mies

Colonization and housewifization - Maria Mies

Chapter 3 from Patriarchy and capital accumulation on a world scale: women in the international division of labour, 1986.

The dialectics of ‘progress and retrogression’

On the basis of the foregoing analysis, it is possible to formulate a tentative thesis which will guide my further discussion.

The inefficiency of capitalism - Brian Oliver Sheppard

Sheppard takes on capitalism by critiquing the fact that by fostering desire over need, waste, hierarchies and necessitating unemployment and shows how capitalism is actually extremely inefficient. Originally published in 2003 by See Sharp Press.

The ragged trousered philanthropists - Robert Tressell

A Marxist critique of society dressed up as a novel, Ragged Trousered Philanthrophists follows construction worker Frank Owen trying to convince others about socialism, a figure based on Tressell himself. He would face rejection and death before his work was published, but when it was it found instant popularity amongst UK workers.




CONTENTS

1   An Imperial Banquet. A Philosophical Discussion. The Mysterious Stranger.

The sick society - Miguel Amorós

A veritable catalogue of environmental and biological disasters brought to us by capitalism followed by some suggestions for their remedy: “Illnesses accumulate along with capital and their management is a fundamental part of the system…. Cancer is a metaphor for capital, which embeds itself in the social fabric and incessantly accumulates until it leads to the death of the patient…. Society is sick of capitalism and any cure must involve the eradication of the latter”.

The Sick Society – Miguel Amorós

Capital, technology and proletariat - Miguel Amorós

Refinery

A brief review of the parallel development of technology and the proletariat since the end of feudalism, stressing the factors that limited the scope of the class struggle in the 19th century and claiming that the successful integration of the working class into capitalist society, facilitated by technological innovations such as “the entertainment industry” that affected culture and morality, led to a “class society in the process of dissolution, a mass society” composed of “uprooted individuals, separated from any kind of solidarity or relation that is not mediated by propaganda or the spectacle” who must nonetheless “make a clean slate of the present” and reconstruct society.

Capital, Technology and Proletariat – Miguel Amorós