More capitalism for Chinese ‘Communist’ Party

Originally posted on Systemic Disorder:
A deeper integration into the world capitalist system appears to be the goal of the Chinese Communist Party, a decision obscured but not occulted by the ritual “all hail the party” slogans littering the “communiqué” the party issued following this month’s much anticipated planning meeting. Nonetheless, the gradually mounting contradictions…

Socialism in America

BOZEMAN, MONTANA is the birthplace of Ryan Zinke, the federal secretary of the interior, and the home of Steve Daines, Montana’s Republican junior senator, and Greg Gianforte, the state’s reporter-thumping Republican congressman. But the public-comments part of Bozeman’s city commission meeting on August 20th was dominated entirely by socialists. They did not sing the Internationale, […]

Gentrification of Atlanta Continues

By Cameron McWhirter | Photographs by Dustin Chambers for The Wall Street Journal ATLANTA—Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms recently delivered an odd message for a leader of a city whose name has become synonymous with growth. “I told them, ‘If you live on the Westside of Atlanta, do not sell your property right now,’ ” she […]

Marxism and the Democratic Tradition

The modern democratic tradition was born in revolution and developed in the class struggle of the masses to realize the democratic promise of the revolution against feudalism. It has been per-eminently a people’s tradition, associated with the activity, the welfare and the flourishing of the “common man.” Militant in character, republican in principle, and international […]

What is Capital?

What is capital? First, it’s not money. Money can only perform money functions; buying and selling. But of course, there is a money circuit in the moments of capital circulation (it is only in the money form we can clearly aggregate between the original capital advanced and the surplus gained as measured in profit). The […]

The Gospel Roots of Marx’s Thought

Jesus Christ asks his listeners: “Is not life more than food? Is not the body more valuable than clothes?” (Matt. 6:25). Then, after alluding to the birds in the sky, he asks; “Are not you more important than they?” (Matt 6:26). In another context he voiced his subversive statement: “The sabbath was made for man, […]

The Bond Of Poverty

Today, while the ruling class works tirelessly to separate and divide across racial lines, and as the social fabric that is pinned down by the capitalist order continues to crumble, and as the hopes of the poor flow faster and stronger into a pre-packaged containment of ruling class narrative, we all must be increasingly diligent […]

Karl Marx: Quotes From Grundrisse Pt. 2

Here are more probing and forceful passages out of the Grundrisse. In the Grundrisse you are with Marx to grapple with abstract concepts to hopefully see new ways of looking at what capitalist society essentially is: hell on earth. Page numbers are from the Penguin Classics edition. 1. Do we never find in antiquity an […]

Karl Marx: 18 Quotes From Grundrisse

Introduction The modern bourgeoisie may remark how Karl Marx was, at the least, an enduring and important thinker. It’s something of a contradiction then that throughout his adult life Marx condemned the same bourgeoisie to their certain doom. The bourgeoisie, it seems at a glance, are confessing that Marx spoke right. Here are 18 qoutes […]