Growth and anti-growth - Miguel Amorós

A discussion of the intellectual forebears of the anti-growth movement, including Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen, Ivan Illich, Donella Meadows, Fritz Schumacher and even Rosa Luxemburg, narrating the history of the ideas they represented until their ultimate recuperation and distortion by the contemporary anti-growth movement, led by “an enlightened lumpenbourgeoisie” that prefers “the established order to popular unrest”, and which, dispensing with the more visionary features of the ideas it appropriated, instead proposes technocratic reforms and the continuation of capitalism, thus revealing this movement to be a “renewable illusion” and “an auxiliary weapon of domination”.

The trauma of curtailing economic growth - Miguel Amorós

A critique of the anti-growth movement, which the author depicts as a reformist movement promoted by middle class elements threatened by economic marginalization, who want to “put capitalism on a diet” rather than abolish it, and seek to return to the good old days of the Keynesian and statist social market economy, only this time based on the imputed imperatives of an ecological state of emergency, in order to breathe new life into the declining fortunes of their doomed class which, however, because of its incoherence as a hodgepodge of competing interests, only does the work of the ruling class by fostering a sense of fear in the population and diverting dissent into innocuous channels.

Capital, technology and proletariat - Miguel Amorós


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.

A Critique of the Idea of Happiness and a Refutation of Hedonism – Félix Rodrigo Mora

An abridged 2008 version of a longer work by the Spanish author, Félix Rodrigo Mora, that expresses culturally pessimistic and morally conservative views, yet from an extreme left perspective, which maintains that hedonism and the ideologically sanctified “pursuit of happiness” fostered by the liberal state have degraded human beings and deprived them of the psychological qualities necessary for effective participation in a revolutionary movement and made them “weak”, “hyper-docile”, “vulnerable”, dependent, stupid, addicted to drugs and alcohol, obese and chronically ill, and that the Epicureanism of the left has attracted a “swarm of nullities … without magnanimity or quality….”

Interview - Los Amigos de Ludd

A 2006 interview with the Spanish group, Los Amigos de Ludd, that published a journal of the same name until 2006, on leftism, environmentalism, revolution and utopia.

Lobbying for the limited yet impossible

From the 9th to the 12th September, Brighton will play host to the 144th TUC Congress. As is the norm lately, this will be preceded by a "lobby" from Socialist Party front the National Shop Stewards Network. These are some brief thoughts provoked by constantly seeing links to the lobby on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere.

Are free individuals the necessary prerequisites for a successful struggle for freedom? - Anselm Jappe

In this text written in late 2011, Anselm Jappe criticizes the popular slogan “We are the 99%” in the context of a discussion of the “anthropological regression” induced by capitalism that has attenuated humanity’s capacity and desire for freedom, emphasizes the continuing relevance of the core concepts of value analysis for the understanding of the current capitalist crisis, and maintains that the present task of revolutionaries “… confronted by the disasters caused by the permanent revolutions unleashed by capital … is to ‘preserve’ some of the essential acquisitions of humanity and to attempt to cultivate them so that they assume a higher form”.

Occupy vs eviction: radicals, reform, and dispossession

Blog post about anti-foreclosure and eviction struggles, and reformism and radicals in mass movements more generally.

No more double-edged swords

In this post I argue that we should build organizations that can't be used as instruments for enforcing capitalist social relationships.

Hypotheses on reform and repression in the United States

Speculative remarks on political trends in the present U.S.