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The value of Noam Chomsky

A "personal essay" from 2015 on some of the reasons why Chomsky's fame -- unlike that of most public intellectuals -- is more than justified. Despite his rejection of the label, he is, in many respects, the quintessential Marxist.

A leftist history of the U.S. economy

A summary of Richard Du Boff's comprehensive history of the American economy.

The Second World War: A Marxist History

A summary of an exemplary work of Marxist scholarship. (More such summaries here.)

Down But Not Out: The Unemployed in Chicago during the Great Depression

This is a Ph.D. dissertation in the field of U.S. labor history. See www.wrightswriting.com/ for more Marxist scholarship.

The Pretension of "Class Consciousness"

A critique of "class consciousness" from an anti-Leninist perspective.

Capitalism's New Economy: The Working Class

On re-reading this piece, what is striking about the picture of the working class in capitalism's self-styled service economy in 2006 is how much it resembles the situation today. After decades of capitalist restructuring in the face of problems stemming from the declining rate of profit (problems by no means confined to the economy of the UK) there are now recognisable constants in the socio-economic profile of the 'restructured' working class.

Capitalism's New Economy: The Illusion of a Productive Economy

Part four of this article was written before the biggest financial crash was followed by the biggest banking bail-out in capitalism's history, yet it is interesting to see that essentially the same economic profile presents itself today.

Capitalism's New Economy: The Booming Financial Sector

Part three of this series was published in 2005, two years or so before the great financial crash when the economic pundits were lauding the move away from manufacture to 'business and financial services'.

Review of Akala’s ‘Natives. Race & Class in the Ruins of Empire.’ July 2019

Capitalism's New Economy: The Value of Capitalist Services

This second article in our series examines what is meant by ‘services’ and their apparently key role in the richest capitalist states where moving away from production of commodities is regarded as essential to economic advancement. Indeed, despite the setback of the 2007/8 financial crash, World Bank figures show that ‘services’ represent a higher proportion of GDP for the world economy as a whole. For the UK 77.4% of GDP was attributed to ‘services’ in 2018.