state

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.

In and against the state

Book from 1979 discussing the experience of working class people, mostly socialists, in working within the public sector in the late 1970s, or relying upon it as service provider; and the contradictions that reveals.

Karl Marx and the state

David Adam addresses Marx’s concept of a socialist society in relation to various concepts of the state.

Private property, exclusion and the state - Junge Linke

Junge Linke on the interdependence of private property, capitalism and the state

Why anti-national?

Why is nationalism so effective and so persistent? What is the basis for the continual appeal of nationalism in its many forms? Wine and Cheese tackle the question.