Author Archives: Oleg Komlik

BITS & BRIEFS: Distorted antitrust regulations // Separating race from class in US // Prosumer capitalism and McUniversity // Effects of restructured corporations

Chicago School’s intellectual revolution and the derived policies changed the original goals of antitrust and anti-monopoly regulations  Dividing Working Class: How Liberals and Conservatives separated race from class from the Cold War to Clinton era  George Ritzer on Prosumption, prosumer capitalism, … Continue reading

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The Burden of Nations: Debt and Compound Interest

The disappointing outcome of the G8 Okinawa summit regarding the initiative for debt relief for impoverished and indebted countries of the Global South, led President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo to proclaim in August 2000: “All that we had borrowed up to 1985 or … Continue reading

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Probably the best “Acknowledgments” ever (2)

That’s real and so truthful 🙂 and the fact that this “Acknowledgments” written by Talcott Parsons‘ grandson –  Jotham Parsons, makes this even more amusing… “This enumeration of my indebtedness, together with much else that I have doubtless omitted, is more … Continue reading

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Social Classes in Medieval Imperial China

Su Xun (1009-1066), a renowned writer of that period, presents a direct testimony on social classes and feudal system in Medieval Imperial China: “The fields are not the property of the men who till them, and those who own the fields do not … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Political Economy of Nazism // Post-New Left // Yanis Varoufakis on China // The Making of Digital Kenya

The Supermanagerial Reich: Political Economy of Nazi Germany and its striking, surprising parallels with Neoliberalism – an excellent article by Ajay Singh Chaudhary and Raphaële Chappe The Universal and the Particular: Chomsky, Foucault, and Post-New Left political discourse – by Derek Ide The Economy of … Continue reading

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The Pretence of Knowledge

– They pretend to know. – Yes. – Yet they don’t know. – Correct. – And they get paid for this? – Paid well, too. – Man, I wanna be an economist!!! *** Join the Economic Sociology and Political Economy community via … Continue reading

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Great academic opportunities: 11 Calls for Papers, 4 Summer Schools, 2 PhD Fellowships and a Job

See below a list of great and interesting academic – mostly funded – opportunities: 11 calls for papers for conferences and workshops, 4 calls for summer schools, 2 doctoral positions and a job opening in various topics in economic sociology and political economy, … Continue reading

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The Intellectual Origins of Sharing Economy

Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller (1895 – 1983) was a renowned and influential American inventor, designer, systems theorist, and futurist. Fuller saw himself as a practical philosopher and worked to solve global problems surrounding housing, transportation, energy, ecological destruction, and poverty. During his … Continue reading

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Jacques Derrida on Fears in Writing

An eminent French philosopher Jacques Derrida reflects on the dualistic process of intellectual creation in the course of writing — (un)consciously anxious yet urgently imperative.  ”Each time I write something, and it feels like I am advancing into new territory, somewhere I … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Economics is a pseudoscience // Education, not privatization // “History is the graveyard of elites” // Inequality is a business matter

This time — especially worth reading (and sharing) articles: By fetishizing mathematical models, economists turned economics into a highly paid pseudoscience — by Prof. Alan Jay Levinovitz  The privatization of public schools is profitable, but it divides communities and erodes the … Continue reading

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