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, […]

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 […]

Thesis Against Western Christianity

To many the good news of salvation is a warm fuzzy feeling or a vague promise that one day–after you die– you’ll float off to the sterile vacuum of heaven…far, far away. While this is nice in theory, it is, by implication, delusional. Yet this is the party line of the Western Church, its central […]

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, […]

The Oppressed & The Rise of Populism

Synchronized by the swing of the capitalist pendulum, economic isolationism has been closing inward but accelerating out on a course of equalizing. Now displaced, now restored. Taking shape is what looks like the nation state. It’s back. And one by one, the liberal and global ‘democracies’ of capitalism–their free market and open trade boarders– are […]

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 […]