Category Archives: Political Economy

jeju February 04

Imperialist Contradictions: JeJu Island and the Coming US Presence

By J. Sul Introduction JeJu island which is known to be the most beautiful island in South Korea has become one of the most controversial geopolitical locations in the nation. This is mainly due to the imperialistic policy of the US and the militaristic affiliation it has made with the South Korean government: the installation of another US […]

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On Productive Force

One of many reasons dialectical materialism is deemed incomprehensible is because it formulates concepts based on relationality. Due to that unique philosophical nature, the interpretation of the concepts which disregards their relationality has been contributing to the ambiguity of dialectical materialism. However, the ambiguity is the least harm the misinterpretation causes. The interpretation disregarding the […]

hayek1 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 […]

hayek1 July 17

Debunking Hayek’s Road to Serfdom: “Individualism and Collectivism” (Part 2)

Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 Chapter 3: Individualism and Collectivism The title of this chapter is in my own opinion quite a misnomer. In fact, Hayek spends as little time as possible truly outlining what he considers to be “collectivism” or “individualism” beyond a rudimentary appraisal in the first few pages. Most of […]

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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 […]

hayek1 June 23

Debunking Hayek’s Road to Serfdom: “Socialism Means Slavery” (Part 1)

Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 Introduction The purpose of this multi-part series is to debunk the thesis put forward in F.A. Hayek’s seminal work The Road to Serfdom; wherein, he suggests that Western Civilization had been moving towards socialism and that this was ultimately a road to destruction and servitude. Much of what […]

sayles quote June 08

“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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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 […]

productivity_wordcloud January 22

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 […]

exxon_dees1 January 17

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 […]

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