Tag Archives: Economics

Republic (380? BC, Plato)

Everyone who knows Plato knows of Republic and knows of the allegory of the cave, I imagine, or at least my popular-informed conception of Republic considered the cave to be its central point or climax. As reading through the previous … Continue reading

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Revolutionary Programming Languages

15 Nov 2013: The Marx-Engels Reader (“After the Revolution: Marx Debates Bakunin,” 1875, Karl Marx) Crosscurrents of insight roil around inside the somewhat informed reader to see Marx’s contentious rebuttal of the criticisms of Russian anarchist Mikhail Bakunin. The first … Continue reading

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Capital Conclusions

8 Nov 2013: Capital (Appendix: Results of the Immediate Process of Production, 1867, Karl Marx) This is a bulky and somewhat protean “chapter” (more like a bonus feature, really, it seems) that recapitulates and restresses many points already made in … Continue reading

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Working for the Man

29 Oct 2013: When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (DVD, 1960, Mikio Naruse) However recycled many of its conventions feel – the hardboiled (albeit female) narration, the tough-but-playful wise-girl repartee, the undifferentiated earnestness of many of the performances, the smoky … Continue reading

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Red-Blooded Americanism

20 Oct 2013: Capital (Ch. 33, “The Modern Theory of Colonization,” 1867, Karl Marx) Up to now I don’t think I’ve read anything as economically clear yet as theoretically aligned with the American dream as this final chapter of Volume … Continue reading

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The Force of History

20 Oct 2013: Capital (Ch. 32, “The Historical Tendency of Capitalist Accumulation,” 1867, Karl Marx) The recapitulation of the dialectic at work in economic development. Marx begins the chapter basically piling praise upon the capital engine for pushing productivity to … Continue reading

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Measure of a Man of Industry

20 Oct 2013: Capital (Ch. 31, “The Genesis of the Industrial Capitalist,” 1867, Karl Marx) Surely, the reader of Marx expects by this point in the text, industrious mettle and ingenuity along with a moral commitment to fair dealing and … Continue reading

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