Werner Bonefeld

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.

Open Marxism volume 3: emancipating Marx

Third volume of Bonefeld, Gunn and Psychopedis’ ‘Open Marxism’ collection.

Open Marxism volume 2: theory and practice

Second volume of Bonefeld, Gunn and Psychopedis’ ‘Open Marxism’ collection.

Open Marxism volume 1: dialectics and history

First volume of Bonefeld, Gunn and Psychopedis’ ‘Open Marxism’ collection.

Anti-globalisation and the question of socialism - Werner Bonefeld

Werner Bonefeld on anti-globalisation and socialism. In PDF format.

Antisemitism and the (modern) critique of capitalism

The paper argues that modern antisemitism is the ‘rumour about Jews’ as personification of hated forms of capitalism. I will first look at some contemporary expressions of antisemitism, and theses IV and V explore Adono’s and Horkeimer’s (1989) and Postone’s (1986) understanding of Nazi antisemitism.

The Capitalist State: Illusion and Critique by Werner Bonefeld

Johannes Agnoli has reminded us of the need to complement Marx’s critique of political economy with the critique of the political, of the state. Marx never wrote his projected book on the state. This has let generations of Marxists to argue over "the" Marxist theory of the state.

1990-1992: Britain and the politics of the European exchange rate mechanism

Prime Minister John Major with Chancellor of the Exchequer Norman Lamont

Werner Bonefeld's detailed analysis of Britain's involvement in the European exchange rate mechanism, out of which it famously crashed in 1992.

The Permanance of Primitive Accumulation

Werner Bonefeld's article on primitive accumulation arguing that it is not just a phenomenon relating to the emergence of capitalism but is a necessary element of it, the "social constitution of capitalist social relations".

Social constitution and the form of the capitalist state

Werner Bonefeld's analysis of the formation of the capitalist state and its relationship to the social organisation of the working class.