Video of Jonathan Nitzan's Presentation – The CasP Project: Past, Present, Future

December 15, 2015

Bichler, Shimshon and Nitzan, Jonathan. (2015). Presentation at York University. 20. October. 2015. The study of capital as power began when we were students in the 1980s and has since expanded into a broader project, involving a growing number of researchers and new areas of inquiry. The presentation explores what we have learned so far, … Read more

Speaker Series on Capital as Power (October-November, 2015)

November 17, 2015

Organized by the Forum on Capital as Power and sponsored by the York Department of Political Science and Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought (open to all, with refreshments) Existing theories of capitalism, mainstream as well as heterodox, view capitalism as a mode of production and consumption. This speaker series interrogates capitalism as a … Read more

The Enduring Power of GE The Enduring Power of GE (Tuesday Nov . 17. 3-5pm)

November 17, 2015

Abstract or Brief Description General Electric (GE) has demonstrated extraordinary longevity in the upper echelon of U.S. corporations. From 1925 to 2013, the company has never fallen below 10th in the rankings of firms by market capitalization. The only other firm to match this feat is the oil giant ExxonMobil. GE’s durability is remarkable given … Read more

Blockbuster Cinema: Hollywood’s Obsession with Low Risk (Tuesday, Nov 3, 3-5pm)

November 3, 2015

Blockbuster Cinema: Hollywood’s Obsession with Low Risk York University presentation by James McMahon ABSTRACT: Hollywood is obsessed with blockbusters – for 20 years the major studios have been making them, and it appears that blockbuster cinema will be with us for many years to come. This presentation will theoretically and empirically explain how blockbusters, and … Read more

Capital as Power: Broadening the Vista – (Conference Postponed to 2016)

October 1, 2015

(Conference Postponed to 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 … Read more

Video & Paper: Capital Accumulation: Fiction and Reality

March 31, 2015

Presentation at UQAM, Montreal, organized by Association des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques (AESE UQAM), March 31, 2015 There are many explanations for the recent global crisis, but most seem to agree that the origins of this crisis are largely financial: the crisis started in and was amplified by the financial sector. Of course, when economists … Read more

First Speaker Series on the Capitalist Mode of Power

December 22, 2013

*** The First Speaker Series on the Capitalist Mode of Power was sponsored by the York Department of Political Science and the Graduate Programme in Social and Political Thought. Talks were held at York University, Toronto, Canada and the series ran from October to November 2013 *** Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 Can Capitalists Afford Recovery? Economic Policy … Read more

3rd Annual Conference – Capitalizing Power: The qualities and quantities of accumulation

June 26, 2013

Power from Above, Power from Below — Tim Di Muzio & Jonathan Nitzan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kc3a93_ElJ0 No Way Out: Crime, Punishment & the Capitalization of Power — by Jonathan Nitzan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJ_4QqdHPtY New Dynamics of Power — Jeffrey Harrod & Herman Schwartz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hI_y1kuT5k0 Restructuring Against Resistance — Joseph Baines https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96zCLv25yNM What Happened to the Bondholding Class? — Sandy … Read more

2nd Annual Conference – The Capitalist Mode of Power: Past, Present, Future

June 26, 2013

Session I: STATE POWER, Forum on Capital as Power 2011 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mABsSGvJcfA Session II: BANKING, MONEY, FINANCE (Part 1), Forum on Capital as Power 2011 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prAdL9kkujk SESSION III: KEYNOTE ADDRESSES, Bob Jessop & Randall Wray, Forum on Capital as Power 2011 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZdZmu8mHTw SESSION IV: BUSINESS POWER, Forum on Capital as Power 2011 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D522Wi5sxko SESSION V: BANKING, … Read more

1st Annual Conference – Crisis of Capital, Crisis of Theory

May 13, 2013

Session I: THE VALUE CONTROVERSY, Forum on Capital as Power 2011 Session II: CRISIS OF CAPITAL, CRISIS OF THEORY, Forum on Capital as Power 2010 Session III: SYSTEMIC FEAR, MODERN FINANCE AND THE FUTURE OF CAPITALISM, Forum on Capital as Power 2010 Session IV: CRISIS, Forum on Capital as Power 2010 Session V: METHODS AND INSTITUTIONS, Forum on Capital as Power … Read more

No Way Out: Crime, Punishment & the Capitalization of Power

November 12, 2012

Presentation at the Department of Political Science, York University. 12 November   The United States is often hailed as the world’s largest ‘free market’. But this ‘free market’ is also the world’s largest penal colony. It holds over seven million adults – roughly five per cent of the labour force – in jail, in prison, on parole and … Read more