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Class struggle — Karl Marx would be proud of this guy

On a whiteboard at the college entrance “Tell us what class are you struggling with and why? The Bourgeoise b/c they control the modes of production” ūüėČ Although it should be “means of production”, I think this person has already … Continue reading

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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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Credit makes you free! Neoliberalism, politics of debt and the subjugation of the working poor

Under the rubric of ‚Äėfinancial inclusion‚Äô, lending to the poor ‚Äď in both the global North and global South ‚Äď has become a highly lucrative and rapidly expanding industry since the 1990s. A key inquiry of Susanne Soederberg’s penetrating and … Continue reading

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International Political Economy scholars miss THE question of the 21st century: the rise of a global labor class living in poverty

In the recent years, more and more International Political Economy (IPE) scholars are dissatisfied with the current state of this field of research and desire to identify the ‚ÄėBig Questions‚Äô of the 21st century. In this (open access) article, Benjamin … Continue reading

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Ulrich Beck has died. His powerful concept of ‘Risk Society’ is relevant as never before

Renowned sociologist and social thinker¬†Ulrich Beck has died. Ulrich Beck (Munich University and LSE) has become one of the world’s most famous intellectuals and most quoted social scientists in recent decades. Beck’s book Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity¬†(1986/1992) is … Continue reading

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Racism is more than individual prejudice. It’s about power, capitalism and class struggle

Racism is about more than individual prejudice. It relies on the interests of those who have the real power in society and the economy, and use every possible means to hold onto it. It’s about capitalism and class struggle. This … Continue reading

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Removing social support is necessary to compel the ‚Ä™‚Äépoor‚Ĩ to work — what‚Äôs the origin of this erroneous political idea?

According to many neoliberal politicians and economists, ¬†assistance to the unemployed and poor always creates more of the poverty it aims to alleviate; therefore¬†removing welfare¬†benefits and social support¬†is necessary to compel the ‚Ä™‚Äépoor‚Ĩ and unemployed to work.¬†¬†What is the origin … Continue reading

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Noam Chomsky on neoliberal semantics: ‚Äúworking class‚ÄĚ vs. ‚Äúmiddle class‚ÄĚ

Noam Chomsky: We don‚Äôt use the term ‚Äúworking class‚ÄĚ here [ in the U.S] because it‚Äôs a taboo term. You‚Äôre supposed to say ‚Äúmiddle class,‚ÄĚ because it helps diminish the understanding that there‚Äôs a class war going on. Read this¬†comprehensive¬†interview … Continue reading

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Futures and ethnographies of ‚Ä™neoliberalism‚Ĩ

The special issue of¬†Cultural Anthropology “Futures of ‚Ä™Neoliberalism‚Ĩ” (open access) offers theoretically-astute and fine-grained ethnographic analyses of the effects of profound changes across the Globe in various fields: workers’ wageless and disrupted life in ‚Ä™‚ÄéBrazil‚Ĩ, governance of young right-extremists in … Continue reading

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“Classification Situations: Life-chances in the Neoliberal Era” proposes to revisit class analysis through the prism of techno-social changes represented by the advent of market devices

A very interesting research “Classification Situations: Life-chances in the Neoliberal Era” by Marion Fourcade & Kieran Healy examines the stratifying effects of economic classifications. They argue that in the neoliberal era market institutions increasingly use actuarial techniques to split and … Continue reading

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