Category Archives: Political economy

Anxiety and Politics

In this essay, Franz L. Neumann discusses the role of anxiety in politics. The article asks: How does it happen that the masses sell their souls to leaders and follow them blindly? On what does the power of attraction of leaders over masses … Continue reading

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The Methodology of Polanyi’s Great Transformation

Polanyi’s book on The Great Transformation provides an analysis of the emergence and significance of capitalist economic structures which differs radically from those currently universally taught in economic textbooks. This analysis is based on a methodological approach which is also … Continue reading

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Deleuze and DeLanda: A new ontology, a new political economy?

This paper will explore how the social ontology of Gilles Deleuze, as recently summed up by Manuel DeLanda, can be used in the context of economic sociology. In particular, the text will study the divergences (as well as similarities) between … Continue reading

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Karl Polanyi : prophète de la fin de l’économie libérale

Karl Polanyi, écrivain et professeur d’origine hongroise, a vécu en Europe centrale et en Grande-Bretagne avant d’émigrer aux Etats-Unis durant la Deuxième Guerre mondiale. Il est l’auteur d’une critique brillante et puissante de la tendance libérale à placer le marché … Continue reading

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Cognitive Psychology – from the Bourgeois Individual to Class Struggle

At their best, radical critiques of cognitive psychology call into question the atomistic, mechanistic, and representational foundations of modern epistemology. Despite some notable exceptions, critics of cognitive psychology have rarely ventured into the domain of political economy. Indeed, the overwhelming … Continue reading

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The European Crisis and a Political Critique of Capitalism

The European crisis has provoked widespread critique of capitalist arrangements in most if not all countries in Europe. But to what extent do contemporary social protest and critique indicate a revival of critical capacity? The range of criticisms against the … Continue reading

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The Affective Turn: Political Economy, Biomedia and Bodies

… many of the critics and theorists who turned to affect often focused on the circuit from affect to emotion, ending up with subjectively felt states of emotion – a return to the subject as the subject of emotion.  I … Continue reading

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Winner-take-all politics: how Washington made the rich richer-and turned its back on the middle class

Read A groundbreaking work that identifies the real culprit behind one of the great economic crimes of our time–the growing inequality of incomes between the vast majority of Americans and the richest of the rich. We all know that the … Continue reading

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The Fed’s $16 Trillion Bailouts Under-reported

Read The media’s inscrutable brush-off of the Government Accounting Office’s recently released audit of the Federal Reserve has raised many questions about the Fed’s goings-on since the financial crisis began in 2008. The audit of the Fed’s emergency lending programs … Continue reading

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¿Quién nos devolverá la vida pública, los bienes públicos, que nos están robando?

Leer Hay que buscar las razones de la degeneración intelectual de parte de la clase política. Es un deber de la sociedad descubrir las razones ocultas de las privatizaciones. ¿Cómo recuperaremos lo que hemos perdido? El verdadero sustento de la … Continue reading

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