Category Archives: political economy

Walt Kelly’s 1952… in 2016

Drawn from the narrative commentary in Ten Ever-Lovin’ Blue-Eyed Years With Pogo, Walt Kelly’s assessment of the rhetoric and movements of his time bears striking similarities to America’s present-day sociopolitical cacophony. NINETEEN hundred and fifty, a year that John Gunther … Continue reading

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Capitalism’s “hustle”

Some years ago, a fellow traveler broke down the relationship between the working class and the employing class for me with a rather succinct explanation. “The hustle,” he said, “is that the bosses try to get as much work out of … Continue reading

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Scholarly scribbles: “Capital: Volume One”

I recently decided to undertake a serious and close study of Marx’s Capital (vol. I), using a few additional texts and David Harvey’s acclaimed online course to supplement my reading. Although I already had a few copies of the book … Continue reading

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On Building the Polemic

You don’t have to be a Marxist to appreciate the fact that few people have ever been so skilled at building polemic arguments as V.I. Lenin.  Consider this passage from his 1915 work New Data on the Laws Governing the … Continue reading

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