Bichler and Nitzan, ‘Unbridgeable: why political economists cannot accept capital as power’

ABSTRACT The theory of capital as power (CasP) is radically different from conventional political economy. In the conventional view, mainstream as well as heterodox, capital is seen a ‘real’ economic entity engaged in the production of goods and services, and capitalism is thought of as a mode of production and consumption. Finance in this approach […]

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The Allure of Marxism … And Why It’s a Mistake

Originally published on Economics from the Top Down. Karl Marx is probably the most important social scientist in history. But while his influence is beyond compare, Marx’s legacy is, in many ways, disastrous. Few thinkers have inspired so many people to commit crimes against humanity. Think of Stalinist gulags. Think of the Ukrainian famine of […]

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Theory and Praxis, Theory and Practice, Practical Theory

Theory and Praxis, Theory and Practice, Practical Theory CORENTIN DEBAILLEUL, SHIMSHON BICHLER and JONATHAN NITZAN April 2018 Abstract In their paper ‘The CasP Project: Past, Present and Future’, Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan invite readers to engage critically with their theoretical framework, known as capital as power (CasP). This call for further research, reactions and […]

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Bichler and Nitzan, 'A CasP Model of the Stock Market'

ABSTRACT Most explanations of stock market booms and busts are based on contrasting the underlying ‘fundamental’ logic of the economy with the exogenous, non-economic factors that presumably distort it. Our paper offers a radically different model, examining the stock market not from the mechanical viewpoint of a distorted economy, but from the dialectical perspective of […]

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No. 2016/01: Debailleul, Bichler and Nitzan, “Theory and Praxis, Theory and Practice, Practical Theory”

Working Paper No. 2016/01 Corentin Debailleul, Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan, “Theory and Praxis, Theory and Practice, Practical Theory” This working paper contains an intervention by Corentin Debailleul and an extended reply by Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan. The exchange was first posted on the Capital as Power Forum in January 2016. Debailleul’s original questions […]

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No. 2015/03: Bichler and Nitzan, “Capital Accumulation: Fiction and Reality”

Working Paper No. 2015/03 Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan, “Capital Accumulation: Fiction and Reality” What do economists mean when they talk about ‘capital accumulation’? Surprisingly, the answer to this question is anything but clear, and it seems the most unclear in times of turmoil. Consider the recent ‘financial crisis’. The very term already attests to […]

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Can Capitalists Afford Recovery?

Can Capitalists Afford Recovery? Three Views on Economic Policy in Times of Crisis JONATHAN NITZAN and SHIMSHON BICHLER October 2014 Abstract Economic, financial and social commentators from all directions and of various persuasions are obsessed with the prospect of recovery. The world remains mired in a deep, prolonged crisis, and the key question seems to […]

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The 1%, Exploitation and Wealth

The 1%, Exploitation and Wealth Tim Di Muzio interviews Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan SHIMSHON BICHLER, JONATHAN NITZAN and TIM DI MUZIO September 2012 Abstract Tim Di Muzio interviews Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan about how their ‘capital as power’ framework fits with the Occupy Wallstreet movement, the Marxist theory of exploitation, and the origins […]

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