Category Archives: Political Economy

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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Revolutionary Ecology Platform

This ‘Revolutionary Ecology Platform’ was originally published at Revolutionary Ecology as part of a larger critique of the Deep Ecology Platform. 1: The well-being and flourishing of human and non-human life are intimately related. The flourishing of non-human life is generally of direct and indirect utility to humans, and vice versa. 2: Richness and diversity of non-human […]

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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 […]

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Machines, Productivity, and Profit

One of the most commonly-heard terms in the bourgeois economics departments is “productivity.” The vulgar economists of course define “productivity” as the price of output relative to the price of input. So capital has its “productivity” and labor has its “productivity,” and each is rewarded accordingly, or so they say. As Marxists however, we really […]

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Capitalism, peak oil, and endless crisis

Let’s start with a simple definition from Wikipedia: “The Hubbert peak theory says that for any given geographical area, from an individual oil-producing region to the planet as a whole, the rate of petroleum production tends to follow a bell-shaped curve. It is one of the primary theories on peak oil.” In an article by […]

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 […]

racial-segregation-detroit1 January 01

Imperialism and the integration of oppressed nations: some comments

“White workers belong to a totally different world than that of Black workers, They are caught up in a totally different economic, political, and social reality, and on the basis of this distinct reality, the pigs of the power structure and treacherous labor leaders find it very easy to manipulate them with Babylonian racism, This […]

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Absolute and relative surplus value

The production of surplus value is directly related to the rate of exploitation of workers in the workplace (total surplus value divided by wages). There are essentially two ways to increase this rate. The production of absolute surplus value entails an increase in the amount of total value produced, usually by increasing the workday of […]

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Notes on contradiction, money, credit

[I apologize beforehand for the very scattered thoughts and sketchy nature of the article, these are notes that will serve as the basis for further investigations into Marxist and Maoist theory.] At the beginning of their political career, Marx and Engels were both radical democrats, not communists, as People’s March’s Marxism-Leninism-Maoism Basic Course outlines: “During […]

poverty November 04

The Material Reality of Onkwehón:we Existence in Modern Amerikkka

**Rarely do we repost content from other sites, even those affiliated with our cause. We respect the direction and authorship of our recommended sites and wish not to impede their development. However, we are reposting the following with the official approval of the author and editor of the original site. The original post can be […]

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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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Toward a Concrete Class Analysis of the United States

As Samir Amin aptly notes in his critique of Hardt and Negri’s Empire, in periods of unrest and confusion following the defeat of revolutionary movements, there is a tendency for theories to emerge which lend legitimacy to that unrest and confusion, and which actually portray the resulting opportunism as a viable form of struggle [1]. Amin […]

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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 […]

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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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 […]

nothanks September 26

THE NEED FOR A REVIVAL OF THIRD WORLDISM AND THE CONTINUED RELEVANCE OF THE CONCEPT OF THE THIRD WORLD

The end of the Cold War, some have argued,[1] has dealt the three worlds classification scheme a fatal blow and the break-up of the former Soviet Union and the associated disappearance of the Second World has to a large extent diminished the rationale which underlay the concept of the Third World.[2] Furthermore, from its heyday in the […]

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