Category Archives: Oleg Komlik

Gramsci on the State, the Proprietorial Class, and the Sovereign Laws of Capitalism

“In the sphere of general capitalist activity, even the worker operates on the plane of free competition, is a citizen-individual. But the starting conditions of the struggle are not equal for all, at the same time: the existence of private … Continue reading

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Reading on Karl Marx’s 200th anniversary

There’s nothing like marking Karl Marx’s bicentenary reading these “Red” newspapers! ūüėČ And, read “Karl Marx@200: Debating Capitalism and Perspectives for the Future of Radical Theory“, an interesting¬†Communication, Capitalism & Critique¬†(open-access) special issue, featuring thought- and action-provoking articles by David … Continue reading

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Human Being in the ATM called New York

Newsstand, 7th Ave & 28th St intersection, Manhattan, New York City, USA (photo courtesy of Professor Darren Rosenblum) ¬†*** Join¬†Economic Sociology and Political Economy community¬†via Facebook¬†/¬†Twitter¬†/¬†LinkedIn¬†/¬†Google+¬†/¬†Instagram¬†/¬†Tumblr¬†/¬†Reddit¬†/¬†Telegram  

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What is Economics? Read Keynes’ definition

In July 1938,¬†an English economist Roy Harrod sent John Maynard Keynes his lecture “Scope and Method of Economics” which he intended to deliver as a Presidential Address at one of the sections of the British Association. In his reply, after … Continue reading

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Socially Liberal but Fiscally Conservative

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Thatcherism’s greatest achievement

In 2002, twelve years after Margaret Thatcher left office, she was asked at a dinner what was¬† her¬† greatest¬† achievement.¬† Thatcher¬† replied:¬†¬†“Tony¬† Blair¬† and¬† New¬† Labour.¬† We forced our opponents to change their minds.”¬† (Conor Burns, April 11, 2008) *** … Continue reading

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Stephen Hawking: Technology drives ever-increasing inequality

On 6 October 2015, a great theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking conducted a special Reddit ‚ÄúAsk Me Anything‚ÄĚ session. Out of the thousands of submitted issues, Hawking selected those he wished to reply, mainly¬†discussing aspects of artificial intelligence. In conclusion, Hawking … Continue reading

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On the wandering and exilic being of knowledge seeker

An¬†eminent¬†Saxon scholastic theologian Hugh of Saint-Victor (1096 – 1141) noted in¬†his monumental¬†encyclopedic treatise¬†Didascalion: “All the world is a foreign soil to those who philosophize… It is, therefore, a great source of virtue for the practiced mind¬†to learn, bit by bit, … Continue reading

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Joseph Schumpeter: Social structures are coins that do not readily melt

Economic sociologists an political economists will surely discern the¬†grace and insight in the following Joseph Schumpeter’s quote (from his¬†magnum opus Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy), which¬†beautifully describes the essence of institutions, their socio-historical embeddedness, as well as their¬†persistence in front of … Continue reading

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Top 10 Most-read Economic Sociology and Political Economy Posts of 2017

As 2017 (already) comes to an end, I rounded up¬†the top 10 most-read posts of¬†the year on¬†Economic Sociology and Political Economy community blog.¬†Besides¬†being interesting, enlightening and thought-provoking, it turned out that these posts reflect¬†to a large extent the complex realities … Continue reading

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