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Transnational classes and international relations - Kees van der Pijl

This book focuses on an historical perspective on class formation under capitalism and its transnational integration ('globalisation'), and international relations between the English-speaking centre of capital and successive contender states.

The end of politics: theses on the crisis of the regulatory system of the commodity form - Robert Kurz

In this essay first published in 1994, Robert Kurz examines the history of “politics” as the “regulatory system” of “the modern commodity production system”, from the inception of capitalism to its high point immediately after WW2—when “the last residues … of the pre-modern constitution” were eliminated and when “politics” was finally totally absorbed by “economics”—and its current crisis, heralding “the historical collapse of the system”, manifested as “the environmental crisis, the crisis of the society of labor, the crisis of the nation-state and the crisis of gender relations” in an era when democracy “is nothing but the completed subjection to the subjectless logic of money”.

Workers, the state, and struggle

Article about the state and ways that struggles by workers sometimes reinforce capitalism.

Women, the State, and the Family

An essay by E. Moraletat examining the feminist movement in the context of women's relationship with the State and the bourgeois family.

Who is to blame? - Anselm Jappe

A short essay contesting the notion that the current economic crisis is the result of "greed" or irresponsible speculation by evil bankers or investment firms, asserting instead that it is an effect of a generalized crisis of value production caused by the falling rate of profit--an immanent law of capitalist production--and further maintaining that, rather than precipitating the crisis, the massive expansion of fictitious capital over the last 30 years was the only way its onset could be delayed until now.

Towards a critique of political democracy - Mario Tronti

Bringing the heterodox Marxist traditions of ‘workerism’ and the ‘autonomy of the political’ together with the feminist thinking of difference, Tronti underscores the identitarian tendencies of democracy and the difficulties of combining democracy with a genuine notion of freedom.

Endnotes: Two aspects of austerity

What are we to make of the current round of austerity? Some members of Endnotes give their assesment.

The state debate - Simon Clarke

Book presenting some of the key approaches to the capitalist state developed in the 1970s debates within the Conference of Socialist Economists.

Keynesianism, monetarism and the crisis of the state - Simon Clarke

Clarke's book looking at the emergence of the capitalist state, its historical development and relation to money throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

Reclaim the ‘state debate’

Looking at the text The state debate by Simon Clarke, Aufheben analyse the role of the state in capitalist society against the background of the economic crisis.