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The Political Economy of Revolutionary Struggle: Lessons from the Black Panthers

The way the Black Panther Party was influenced by its sources of funding should inform modern revolutionaries on the importance of being in control of productive assets, and taking seriously the basic Marxist arguments on how economic power informs socio-political power.  

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Oil Trains, Indigenous Insurgency, and the Disruption of Capitalist Logistics

There is huge potential for different communities in the Bay Area, the West Coast, and the First Nations to coordinate their ongoing disruption of the supply chain of the carbon economy.   

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Automation by Capitalists Vs. Automation by Workers

The dynamics of automation cannot be properly discussed without considering who controls the means of production.  

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Industrialization Has Always Sucked–But Does It Have To?

Historically, industrialization has always been a painful process whose benefits are not immediately accessible to the masses.  But this has less to do with some kind of iron-clad economic law, and more to do with the distribution of power in … Continue reading

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PlayStations, Commodity Fetishism, and Violence in the Congo

Examining the relationship between the release of the PlayStation 2 in 2000 and the subsequent spike in violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo demonstrates both the way that global capitalism perpetuates violent exploitation, as well as the continued relevance … Continue reading

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Decarbonization as Decolonization: The Case of the Northern Bay Area

The fossil-fuel industry has historically developed in tandem with colonialism; therefore, it stands to reason that the anti-carbon movement is, at its core, an anti-colonial struggle.    

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Mandela’s South Africa and the Poverty of Liberal Narratives on Race and Equality

The liberal narratives around Nelson Mandela ought to be rejected, in favor of recognizing that a revolutionary redistribution of the means of production is what is needed to truly solve racial disparities.  

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Capitalist Imperialism: Mainstream Economics Edition

Three recently released economics papers come amusingly close to validating typical Marxist arguments about the dynamics of global capitalism and its imperialist nature. 

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Possible Signs of World-Capitalism’s Deteriorating Productivity

Two articles caught my attention today, both from the New York Times.  The first is an article by Tyler Cowen, one of the two editors of the blog Marginal Revolution.  Cowen posits that the explosive growth of the developing economies … Continue reading

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Oil as the Foundation of Keynesian Political Economy

I recently read a paper by George Caffentzis, titled “A Discourse on Prophetic Method: Oil Crises and Political Economy, Past and Future.”  It was a fascinating read, and argued that oil prices–and consequently, the class struggles around oil production–are intimately … Continue reading

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