economics

Critique of Bourgeois Science - Microeconomics: From the Explanation of Value to the Invention of Marginal Utility up to the Mathematical Praise of the Market - GegenStandpunkt

Critique of Bourgeois Science - Microeconomics: From the Explanation of Value to

This critique by the German Marxist group GegenStandpunkt traces back the logical errors that marginalism allows itself in its reasoning, and shows how its tautologies become increasingly crass in the development from the theories of Menger, Jevons and Walras up to later concepts such as indifference curves.

Money Must Go!

Cover of the book Money Must Go
A 1943 book making the case that "money must go!" The authors, who were sympathisers of the Socialist Party of Great Britain, extol the virtues of a "moneyless, wageless, and tradeless world," which they call a World Commonwealth.

I Don’t Value Value: Capitalism, Value, The Value Form, and Commodity Production

Solving the question of "value" from an Anarcho-syndicalist point of view.

On Taxation - Karl Marx

Excerpts from the writings of Marx on the subject of taxation.

When the barbarians invade the periphery: the commercialization and destruction of the Catalonian Pyrenees – Miguel Amorós

A 2018 diatribe against tourism, as an industry that is wrecking the natural environment and the social fabric of rural areas, and particularly as it has capitalized on the recent craze for “adventure sports”, which manifest the “primordial capitalist mentality”, “the taste for competition, for overcoming obstacles, for demonstrating endurance, for the cult of hard work, for risk-taking, for exhibitionism”, echoing Günther Anders’ reflections on this new kind of leisure that is exploited for profit and becomes just another variety of “work” for people who are plagued by neuroses generated in the claustrophobic cities and are incapable of the tranquil repose that our ancestors valued.

Responses to Marx's Capital: from Rudolf Hilferding to Isaak Illich Rubin

Collection of primary sources dealing with the reception of the economic works of Karl Marx from the 1st to the 3rd International. The documents, translated for the first time from German and Russian, range from the original reviews of Capitals 1 to 3 and Theories of Surplus Value, to debates between Marxist economists and the bourgeois academic representatives of the theory of marginal utility and the German historical school.

The “Economic Calculation” controversy: unravelling of a myth

Inequality illustration from FightInequality.org based on photo from Kenya

Originally published in Common Voice Issue 3 (2005).
The “economic calculation argument” (ECA) is principally linked with the Austrian economist, Ludwig von Mises, who wrote a seminal tract (“Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth”) in 1920, purporting to show that socialism was not a realisable system.

The Coining of "Privatisation" and Germany's National Socialist Party- Germa Bel

A history of the term privatisation and its relationship to Nazi economic policy.

Conversation with a hairdresser’s assistant - Wilhelm Reich (1935)

In the 1930s Wilhelm Reich developed the theory that it was possible to explain the basic concepts of Marxian economics without employing complicated terms and arguments. As an example of his attempt at this, an article he wrote in 1935 under the pseudonym of 'Ernst Parell' for the 'Zeitschrift für politische Psychologie und Sexualökonomie' (vol.2, No.1), published in exile in Denmark.

Communism has not yet begun - Claude Bitot

Karl Marx

First published in 1995 in France: Section One, “The Historical Balance Sheet” includes chapters on: communist movements throughout history; Marx and Engels and communism; “Real” vs. “Formal” domination of capital and the importance of this distinction for understanding the failure of the old workers movements (capitalism was not “obsolete” prior to 1945). Section Two, “Perspectives”, contains an extensive discussion of: the economic roots of capitalism’s current crisis (the “final stage of its cycle”); the communist revolution; and socialism.