Category Archives: Economics

labor aristocracy April 10

What is the Labor Aristocracy?

The following was prepared for academic publishing but has been released independently through Anti-imperialism.com to provide more common and widespread readership on this central question of the labor aristocracy. A PDF version has been prepared here:  What is the Labor Aristocracy. What is the Labor Aristocracy? By Zak Brown Introduction: The Necessary Material Conditions With the […]

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What is the proletariat?

In Marxist theory and analysis, the proletariat is a social category that is a central topic of analysis and discussion. Nevertheless, confusion abounds among Marxists over what exactly the proletariat is. In fact, much to the consternation of many normative Marxists, RAIM has developed a line which unequivocally states that a majority of the workers […]

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Bayer CEO: ‘We don’t make medicine for poor Indians’

In a crass yet frank admission, Bayer CEO Marijn Dekkers said the company’s new cancer drug, Nexavar, is not “for Indians,” but “for western patients who can afford it.” The statement came in the wake of a recent ruling by an Indian court that certain life-saving drugs could be produced and distributed at 97% of […]

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The Weapon of Theory, now available in print

Our recent release, The Weapon of Theory: A Maoist (Third Worldist) Reader, is now available both in print and as a free PDF. Next to Zak Cope’s Divided World, Divided Class: Global Political Economy and the Stratification of Labour Under Capitalism, The Weapon of Theory aims to be the definitive overview of the Marxist analysis […]

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Summary and Review: “Marx’s Theory of Price and its Modern Rivals” by Howard Nicholas (2011)

Marx’s theory of price has been a contentious subject over the history of Marxist political economy. Controversy over Marx’s formulation on “prices of production” has led many to try to “fix” what are perceived to be failures in Marx’s theory (often producing absurd and incoherent conclusions), or to simply abandon Marxist value theory altogether. Other […]

January 05

Gauging the contribution of Third World labor to imperialist economies

Class analysis is a central component of Marxist thinking. Knowing who our enemies and friends are is imperative if we communists are to move forward into the 21st century. An important aspect of class analysis is the question of exploitation. Exploitation is a condition in which value is extracted from a class of people — […]

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New in 2014

New in 2014 As we ring in 2014, we have several bits of news related to the Maoist (Third Worldist) movement. @MTWNewsWire A new @MTWNewsWire Twitter feed has been set up to make it easier to follow Anti-Imperialism.com, Onkwehón:we Rising, Systemic Capital, and other websites. Anyone can add the feed to their wordpress.com or other […]

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The materialist analysis of capital

In the vulgar economics department, the word capital is lightly thrown around as a synonymous of the Maoist concept of the instruments of labor; that is, every factor utilized in a productive process that isn’t labor. According to this tale, capital and labor, by being so simplistically defined, have a transhistorical character; they have always […]

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On Global People’s War and Global New Democratic Revolution

On Global People’s War and Global New Democratic Revolution Under capitalist-imperialism, in which the exploitation of the proletariat by monopoly capital is mediated by the oppression of nations, the path to socialism and communism is through global people’s war and global new democratic revolution. The struggle to sever the structural ties of capitalist-imperialism and build […]

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The Wage Grade System – The Breeding Ground of Revisionism

This is an article taken from marxistphilosophy.org and penned by someone under the pseudonym of “A Fictitious Old Man”, explaining the impact of the wage-grade system on socialist construction in China, the rise of privileged positions in the Chinese Communist Party and the dangers of adopting foreign models of socialist construction uncritically. In dealing with […]

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Points for an investigation into imperialist seigniorage

Here at Anti-Imperialism.com, we are interested in uncovering the laws of motion of global capitalism and the following imperialist mechanisms that perpetuate the divide between oppressed and oppressor nations; one such mechanism, hardly ever mentioned in Leninist (or even mainstream) economics is the mechanism of imperialist seigniorage. Seigniorage is a social relationship of appropriation that […]

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Bonded labor in South Asia

One of the most horrific forms of capitalist exploitation today is to be found in South Asia: bonded labor. This contemporary form of slavery, despite being illegal, is practiced in all sectors of South Asian economies, mainly in India, Nepal and Pakistan and exists both as a rural and urban phenomenon. Bonded labor is “the […]

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Snylterstaten: A short introduction for Non-Danish readers

This introduction was pulled from the English-language section of Snylterstaten.dk, an archive of the Danish proto-Third Worldist Communist Working Group. The group also authored the book Unequal Exchange and the Prospects of Socialism. As always, reposting here is for educational purposes only. -Nikolai Brown  This site is dedicated to present a danish marxist tendency on the […]

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On Inter-Imperialist Rivalry and ‘Eastern Imperialism’

Discussion has been sparked by a recent article posted at Anti-Imperialism.com about the situation in Syria. Particularly, some of the feedback questioned to the nature and existence of Russian and Chinese imperialism. The following is part of a correspondence which briefly deals with the development of monopoly capital outside of the post-WWII trilateral bloc of […]

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Summary and Review: ‘Global Wage Scaling and Left Ideology: A Critique of Charlie Post on the Labor Aristocracy’ Zak Cope (2013)

Cope, Zak. Global Wage Scaling and Left Ideology: A Critique of Charlie Post on the ‘Labor Aristocracy.‘ Research in Political Economy, Volume 28. (89-129). 2013 Not long ago, a PDF of Charlie Post’s 2010 essay, Exploring Working-Class Consciousness: A Critique of the Theory of the ‘Labor Aristocracy,‘ was circulated around the internet. Though I was […]

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Evidence for global value transfer

While most recognize the existence of imperialism, many are unwilling to understand the accompanying processes. One of these processes, one that we have fought hard to reassert, is what we call imperialist rent: the way in which First World (core) wages/income/etc. are appropriated from Third World (periphery) exploitation. To provide evidence for this process, calculations from […]

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John Foran (2001): Lessons From Past Revolutions

This excerpt is from ‘How Might Revolutions Have Better End(ings): Lessons from Latin America’s Past and Present’, a 2001 essay by John Foran. John Foran’s book, ‘Taking Power: On the Origins of Third World Revolutions’ is part of our recommended readings list. Additionally, Anti-Imperialism.com editor Nikolai Brown will be delivering an original presentation based on Foran’s […]

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An obiturary to Rothbard’s critique of Marx’s economics: part I

Note: I apologize to the reader for the extensive use of quotations in this article, but they are necessary as most of the Rothbardian critique is a misrepresentation of Marxian arguments which require textual evidence to be refuted. “[Marx] created a veritable tissue of fallacies. Every single nodal point of the theory is wrong and […]

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Imperialism and the concentration of capital

In his book Imperialism, Lenin remarked: “The concentration of production; the monopolies arising therefrom; the merging or coalescence of the banks with industry – such is the history of the rise of finance capital and such is the content of that concept”. This quote encapsulates the dynamic of capitalism in the past century and is […]

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Is Tom Cruise exploited?

We are frequently asked by First Worldists why capitalists would hire workers who ‘are not exploited.’ Because the employment of high-wage workers in imperialist countries generates a profit for their employer, First Worldists reason, these employers must be exploiting their workers. Unfortunately, the line of reasoning fails to recognize the difference between the realization of […]

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