B&B: Samir Amin’s last essay | On Debt | Women and socialism | Precarity is a policy | Chocolate as money | Labor after pandemics | Pilgrimage and consumerism

This time especially worth reading and sharing pieces:

Samir Amin, a towering intellectual and eminent political economist, who greatly contributed to the study on imperialism an monopoly capital, and coined the term ‘Eurocentrism’ passed away four year ago. Read here his last essay “Revolution or Decadence? Thoughts on the Transition between Modes of Production on the Occasion of the Marx Bicentennial”

On this important occasion of student loan relief in the US, let us recall David Graeber’s astute definition of debt as “a promise corrupted by both math and violence” stated in his magnum opus Debt: The First 5000 Years, discussed here along with Philip Coggan’s Paper Promises: Money, Debt & the New World Order, by Benjamin Kunkel

Elizabeth Miller reflects on three books telling the powerful stories of women whose lives propelled socialist movements in Britain from 1870 to 1920 and revealed the centrality of patriarchy to capitalism, a fact that capitalism’s early critics did not themselves grasp: Eleanor Marx: A Life by Rachel Holmes, Mrs. Engels by Gavin McCrea, and Seth Koven’s dual biography of Nellie Dowell and Muriel Lester The Match Girl and the Heiress

Precarity and work insecurity are not unavoidable destiny imposed by technology; they are a result of ideas and decisions by corporations and policymakers — by Louis Hyman, an author of Temp: The Real Story of What Happened to Your Salary, Benefits, and Job Security and Shopping for Change: Consumer Activism in North American History

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During the Protestant Reformation states drove development via promoting education. Cities that adopted these public goods institutions grew faster over the next 200 years than those that didn’t — by Jeremiah Dittmar and Ralf Meisenzahl

The International Labour Organization arose in the ravages of the Spanish Flu and the WWI; its past lights the path to a better future of work after the Covid-19 pandemic — by Huw Thomas, Frederick Harry Pitts and Peter Turnbull

On the consumer-capitalist model of religious tourism: How globalization transformed the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca — by Seán McLoughlin, an author of European Muslims and the Secular State

The Maya civilization used chocolate as money and cacao as tax

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