Fighting global capitalism

The Making of Global Capitalism by Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin

Submitted by PaulHampton on Sun, 12/29/2013 - 11:49

The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire by Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin is one of the best Marxist analyses of the modern epoch published in a long time. The book (Panitch and Gindin 2012: vii) is devoted to understanding “how it came to be that the American state developed the interest and capacity to superintend the making of global capitalism”.

An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Karl Marx’s Capital

Submitted by PaulHampton on Mon, 03/11/2013 - 21:08

Michael Heinrich’s book, An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Karl Marx’s Capital, (Monthly Review Press 2012) is a lucid and refreshing theoretical interpretation of Marxist political economy.

Apparently, it has gone through nine editions in Germany and is used widely in German universities. Heinrich takes inspiration from the “neue Marx Lektüre” (new Marx reading) of Capital. The result is one of best introductions to Capital for the new reader, but also many sophisticated clarifications for those who who’ve already read some Marx.

Horsemeat smoke screen

Submitted by AWL on 19 February, 2013 - 1:11

The claim and counter claim as to who is to blame for the “horse meat scandal” is a smokescreen. The big retailers, the multi-nationals, the international agri-businesses all know they are to blame! They are trying desperately to focus attention on “not so bad” horse meat “incidents” because to divert away from the real issues.

The real problem is unregulated (or at least badly and mis-regulated) food additives and processing — things which are only needed because of an ever-increasing complex market place, one which is geared to the companies' need for short term profit.

Assessing the global slump

Submitted by PaulHampton on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 19:36

There is no definitive Marxist assessment of the current economic crisis or of the period leading up to it, but there is a vibrant debate among Marxists trying to grapple with the underlying causes of the world we’re in. David McNally’s book “Global Slump” provides one of the most panoramic and provocative accounts with many insights. He argues that the crisis of 2008 represents the terminus of a quarter-century wave of economic growth – neoliberal expansion – and the transition to a protracted period of slump (2011 p.2). He defends three broad arguments:

The workers or 'the people'?

Submitted by AWL on 22 June, 2011 - 2:51

Why should Marxists want to narrow our appeal to 'the workers', enrolling people from other classes only to the extent that they rally behind the working class? Why not seek a broader unity of 'ordinary people'?

Originally published in Workers' Liberty magazine, January 2001. By Chris Reynolds

The pivot of Marx's critique of political economy is the concept of abstract labour, or universal social labour - labour as the expenditure under standard conditions of a quotient of average labour-power. Abstract labour, according to Marx, is the substance of value.

Workers' Liberty No.8 - Le Pen, South Korea, Australian Labor Party, National Union of Railwaymen (NUR), 1987 TUC conference

Submitted by AWL on 28 December, 2010 - 2:54 Author: AWL

A collection of articles from Workers' Liberty No.8.

* Conservative Party invitation to French Fascist and leader of the French National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen.

* 1987 TUC conference and the Union leaderships' response to declining union membership.

* An analysis of the Australian Labor Party's 1987 Australian general election victory.

* Child sex abuse, incest and UK law.

* The rise of working-class struggle in South Korea

* General Secretary Jimmy Knapp's sell-out of the members of the National Union of Railwaymen (NUR)

Invitation to "Time to fight back" march - a letter from Liverpool TUC

Submitted by AWL on 26 August, 2009 - 4:00

Liverpool TUC's

Secretary: Mark Hoskisson
President: Denis Dunphy
Treasurer: John Farmer

Dear Brothers and sisters

Join Liverpool TUC's "Time to fight back" march, 13 September 2009 Assemble 12.30pm at the Pier Head, Liverpool

Liverpool Trades Union Council has agreed to welcome the presence of the national TUC Congress in our city by calling on all workers to join us in a demonstration.

Diageo, Kilmarnock: Thousands march to defend jobs

Submitted by Newcastle on 30 July, 2009 - 5:40 Author: Stan Crooke

On Sunday 26 July, up to 20,000 according to press reports, marched against the threatened closure of the Diageo bottling plant in Kilmarnock.

It was a massive display of opposition to the company’s plans.

Diageo is the world’s biggest drinks company, with a worldwide workforce of 22,000. Its brands include Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Smirnoff and Captain Morgan. Its profits over the last decade have averaged £2 billion a year. In the twelve months to July of this year, its pre-tax profits amounted to £2.093 billion.