Category Archives: Economics

Pyramid-of-Capitalism-e1331670725967 September 02

Debunking Hayek’s Road to Serfdom: Economic Planning and “Totalitarianism” (Part 3)

Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 Chapter 6: Planning and the Rule of Law As the title would suggest, Hayek begins chapter six by promoting what he refers to as the ‘Rule of Law’. While many legal and political interpretations exist of the ‘Rule of Law’, Hayek importantly draws distinction between his version of […]

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World Revolution 2: the Return to a Global Revolutionary Strategy Based on the Experience of the 20th Century

This work, written by the Russian neo-Marxist Alexander Tarasov, originally from scepsis.net (http://scepsis.net/eng/articles/id_10.php), explains some problems with the Soviet strategy in relation to world revolution (albeit coming from a negative appraisal of the USSR), clarifying the distinction between First and Third World characterized by exploiting nations and exploiter nations, the dependence of the First World […]

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Observations on Das Kapital and Its Method

Karl Marx’s research method in Capital has been equivocated by not only his predecessors, but also by Marx himself. The equivocation primarily arises from the absence of Marx’s own writing of the research method he employed in Capital. Marx did not expatiate upon his research method because Capital was written for the newly born industrial […]

Boat Migrants Risk Everything for a New Life in Europe:  African asylum seekers rescued off boats and taken aboard an Italy navy ship, June 8, 2014. July 07

Clarifying some concepts of revolutionary struggle

By M. Esters and N. Brown In the course of discussions over the past several months, it is clear that a number of misconceptions about Maoism (Third Worldism) are being circulated by friend and foe alike. In an effort to clear up major confusion, this document will deal with some of the major concepts that […]

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“Parasitism Theory” and Blurring the Lines: A Reply to Mike Ely

Recently, Kasama Project (a post-Maoist organization) released a criticism[1] of what they termed “parasitism theory” (a misnomer for the analysis given by ourselves at Anti-Imperialism.com and other Maoist organizations) and what we term the theory of imperialism. The article, authored by Mike Ely, attempts to challenge much of what has been said regarding the labor […]

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A Quick Reply to Mike Ely

Mike Ely and myself share many commonalities. We desire a better world, understand this can only happen through socialism, and have confidence that such a socialism can only emerge via class struggle and revolution. Between these areas of unity, we have many differences, largely stemming from different analyses of class structure in modern society. In […]

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Review: The Worker Elite: Notes on the Labor Aristocracy

Review: The Worker Elite: Notes on the Labor Aristocracy The Worker Elite by Bromma, recently published by Kersplebledeb, is a must-read essay that offers a corrective lens to both normative First Worldism and ‘crude Third Worldism.’ While the book is lacking in a few areas, it offers a clear and concise argument which will likely […]

minimum wage May 26

Raising the Minimum Wage: Good or Bad?

Disclaimer: This article highlights an issue for Anti-Imperialism.com to which not all editors are in 100% agreement. The following is representative of one editor’s position. Usually most of what I write involves some abstract criticism or perhaps a more intense elaboration on a concept ‘not-so-familiar’ to the everyday person. However, with all the news surrounding recent efforts […]

nyse127 May 20

Money: The Root of All Evil

Introduction You work for it; you work with it. You need it to survive; you survive to need it. You’d steal for it; maybe, if the price was right you’d even kill for it. It commands armies, nations, and public policy; often times it means life or death (quite literally). It is both celebrated and […]

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 synonym 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 […]

People's_commune_kitchen October 06

The Wage Grade System – The Breeding Ground of Revisionism

This is an article reposted 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 […]

010_Dollar_Planet October 03

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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