Capital as Power @ Historical Materialism 2018: Panel Series at The Great Transition Conference, Montreal, May 17-20, 2018

May 22, 2018

The Forum on Capital as Power presents a panel series at the Montreal 2018 Great Transition Conference, May 17-20. The panels include the following papers: 1. ‘What is Capital as Power?’ Shimshon Bichler, Israel and Jonathan Nitzan, Canada 2. ‘Capitalization, Capital Goods and the State of Capital: The Boundaries of Accumulation’ DT Cochrane, Ryerson University … Read more

2017 Review of Capital as Power Essay Prize

January 31, 2018

The Review of Capital as Power (RECASP) announces an annual essay prize on the subject of capital as power. The best paper will receive a prize of $2000. A prize of $500 will be awarded to the second best contribution, while a $300 prize will be given to the third best article. Submitted articles should … Read more

Third Speaker Series on the Capitalist Mode of Power

December 1, 2017

ABSTRACT Existing theories of capitalism, mainstream as well as heterodox, view capitalism as a mode of production and consumption. The purpose of this ongoing speaker series is to interrogate capitalism as a mode of power. The presentations offer a power theory of personal income distribution (Blair Fix, 2:30-5:30pm, October 17, 2017), explore the power to … Read more

'Is the Power of Mass Culture Profitable?', Public Lecture by James McMahon

November 1, 2017

This presentation will examine how and why political economic theories of mass culture have accumulated, but not settled, methodological issues about the meaning of value and the nature of productivity. Labour is certainly an important factor to any comprehensive study of capitalist mass culture, but it is our assumptions about economic productivity and not the … Read more

'From Colonialism to Climate Change: The Power to Externalize', Public Lecture by D.T. Cochrane

October 24, 2017

The history of capitalism is a history of externalization. While benefits were tallied, costs were routinely excluded from accounts. In this presentation I examine the history of externalization as a power process. A history of brutality and destruction marketed as innovation and efficiency, externalization has been the shadowy counterpart to accumulation. From colonialism to climate … Read more

'A Power Theory of Personal Income Distribution', Public Lecture by Blair Fix

October 17, 2017

Due in no small part to the work of Thomas Piketty, the empirical study of income inequality has flourished in the last decade. But this plethora of new data has not led to a corresponding theoretical revolution. Why? The problem, I believe, is an unwillingness to question and test the basic assumptions on which current … Read more

Capital as Power Essay Prize, 2016

January 31, 2017

First Prize $2000 Second Prize $500 Third Prize $300 The Review of Capital as Power (RECASP) announces an annual essay prize on the subject of capital as power. The best paper will receive a prize of $2000. A prize of $500 will be awarded to the second best contribution, while a $300 prize will be … Read more

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the RECASP: 'Broadening the Vista'

December 31, 2016

Click here for the official call. Submissions deadline: December 31st, 2016 Submission guidelines: Contact: Tim Di Muzio, University of Wollongong, Australia ( Alternative location:

2016 CasP Conference on ‘Capital as Power: Broadening the Vista’

September 28, 2016

The theory of capital as power (CasP) offers a radical alternative to mainstream and Marxist theories of capitalism. It argues that capital symbolizes and quantifies not utility or labour but organized power writ large, and that capitalism is best understood and challenged not as a mode of consumption and production, but as a mode of … Read more

'Pseudorational Control and the Magma of Reality' – A Seminar Presentation by Ulf Martin

September 27, 2016

A seminar presentation by Ulf Martin York University, September 27, 2:30-5:30pm 1 INTRODUCTION. – 2 POWER. From magma ontology to the dual project of modernity. Some etymology. Gestaltungsvermögen. Magma concept (Castoriadis). Magma ontology. The radical imagination of the psychic monad. The social imaginary significations (SIS) of the socio-historical. Gestaltungsvermögen, magma ontology, capital. Autonomy versus Heteronomy. … Read more

Economics and Power: An Historical Perspective – Conference Call for Papers

April 28, 2016

Italian Association for the History of Economic Thought 14th Conference – Call for Papers; 28-30 April 2016 Università del Salento (Lecce, Italy) The Italian Association for the History of Economic Thought invites historians of economic thought, economic historians, economists and interested scholars to present proposals for papers and/or sessions along the lines listed below, or … Read more

Video of Blair Fix's Presentation – Economic Growth as a Power Process

January 27, 2016

Is economic growth a miracle of the free market? According to mainstream theory, growth is best ensured through conditions of ‘perfect competition’. However, economic growth is tightly correlated with the concentration of power in the hands of large corporations. Why? The capital as power framework provides potential answers that turn mainstream theory on its head: … Read more