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Fictionalizing the Economy and Reviewing Imagined Futures of Capitalism

by Lars Crusefalk* In the book Imagined Futures – Fictional Expectations and Capitalist Dynamics, a leading economic sociologist Jens Beckert argues that social scientists need to put more emphasis on how actors in modern capitalistic societies handle uncertainty in relation to … Continue reading

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The Closing of the Mind

“What is advertised as a great opening is a great closing.” Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind (1987), p. 34 “Landscape with Figures” by George Tooker (1992) *** Join the Economic Sociology and Political Economy community through Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Google+ / Instagram / Reddit / Tumblr

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Growth Fetish

Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”   (The Tower of Babel … Continue reading

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Back to the Future: Authoritarian Neoliberal Regime versus Democratic Social State

The destiny of the 20th century, especially after the WWII, has been determined and shaped by the multifaceted confrontation between capitalism and “communism”, the West vis-a-vis the East. But history did not end in 1991, as some have tried to convince … Continue reading

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The darkness of corporate enlightenment

James Doolin, “Study for Corporate Rise“, 1986 (oil on canvas) *** Join the Economic Sociology and Political Economy community through Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Google+ / Instagram / Reddit / Tumblr

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Genealogy of Capitalism and Sacred Economics in Victorian Britain

“Labour is Life: from the inmost heart of the Worker rises his god-­given Force, the sacred celestial Life-­essence breathed into him by Almighty God…”                                                      … Continue reading

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Erich Fromm: Man is a cog in the vast economic machine

Erich Fromm: “In capitalism economic activity, success, material gains, become ends in themselves. It becomes man’s fate to contribute to the growth of the economic system, to amass capital, not for purposes of his own happiness or salvation, but as … Continue reading

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Capitalism precedes Existence

Capitalism precedes Existence. I pay before I am. How would you title this picture of reality? *** Join the Economic Sociology and Political Economy community through Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Google+ / Reddit / Tumblr

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Capital as power and class struggle explained by… Adam Smith?!

In any given society, there is no freedom of contract between capitalist and worker, whose interests are essentially opposite. The power of a landlord, a manufacturer, a merchant resides in his wealth, explaining the inherent subjection of laborers, which lack almost any … Continue reading

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The alienated consciousness, dehumanized human nature and capitalism

Norman O. Brown, a brilliant American scholar and social philosopher: “The alienated consciousness is correlative with a money economy. Its root is the compulsion to work. This compulsion to work subordinates man to things, producing at the same time confusion in the valuation of … Continue reading

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