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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Marx On Alienation

In Circulation the capitalist and the worker confront each other only as the vendors of commodities, but owing to the specific, opposed nature of the commodities they sell to each other, the worker necessarily enters the process of production as a component of the use-value, the real existence, of capital, its existence as value. And […]

Capital Circulation

The capitalist mode of production and the social relations necessary for its existence is a terrifying dynamic process. Capital, by its very essence, is value in perpetual search of additional value, produce by the workers in the process of production. The unquenchable thirst for additional surplus-value (unpaid labor) is the fundamental motor of economic growth, […]

Marx on Modern Industry

With penetrating insight Marx sums up the devastating effects capital has on society–when its will is imposed on man, alienating him from himself, ”We have seen how this absolute contradiction between the technical necessities of Modern Industry, and the social character inherent in its capitalistic form, dispels all fixity and security in the situation of […]

The Capitalist State

A capitalist society is biased upon the exploitation of labor. A small minority owns everything; the working masses own nothing. The capitalists command. The workers obey. The capitalist exploit. The workers are exploited. The very essence of capitalist society is found in this merciless and ever-increasing exploitation. Capitalist production is a practical instrument for the […]

God’s Social Genius Baffles Capitalists

Under capitalism, everything is game. Whether human life, labor power, earth, knowledge, ideas, thought or other abstract concepts: if it can be bought, sold, traded, invested in or speculated on it becomes commodified. Once absorbed by capital circulation all things are disciplined to the rigors of value creation. Profit for the sake of profit then […]