This course provides a working foundation in the core concepts of Marxian economic theory – necessary and surplus labor, labor power, surplus value, exploitation, capital accumulation, distributions of the surplus, capitalist crises, and the differences between capitalist and other class structures. In addition, these core concepts will be systematically used to understand current social problems (including political and cultural as well as economic problems).
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Richard Wolff talks about "The Shape of a Post-Capitalist Future," his entry in the new anthology Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA, and his conviction that making the transition from capitalism to socialism requires a deliberate critique of capitalist workplace organization.
Leslie Thatcher for Truthout: What motivated you to choose (of all things!) "corporate structure" in your search for a "powerful, attractive and credible vision of socialism?"
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(A banner reading 'Capitalism isn't working' at an Occupy protest. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Update on fast-food CEO pay, lost output from Great Recession, US healthcare overcharging explained, Treasury Secretary Paulson explains his deference to bankers, and the 1% US poorest. Major discussions on differences and conflicts between big and small businesses in capitalism and how Marxian economics differs from Neoclassical and Keynesian economics.
This article originally appeared at The Guardian.
Organized labor's decline in the US over the past half century is well-known; what drove that decline, less so. The New Deal's enemies – big business, Republicans, conservatives – had developed a coordinated strategy by the late 1940s. They would break up the coalition of organized labor, socialist and communist parties: the mass base that had forced through the 1930s New Deal. Then each coalition member could be individually destroyed.