Monthly Archives: June 2016

Hana Kivisto, ‘Capital as Power and the Corporatization of Education’

June 28, 2016

ABSTRACT Building on the definition of critical education residing in the crossroads of cultural politics and political economy, this theoretical article offers an inquiry into the intersection between critical education research and the central ritual of contemporary capitalism – capitalisation. This article outlines four current approaches in education research literature to the corporatisation of education. … Read More

Sandy Brian Hager, Public Debt, Inequality, and Power: The Making of a Modern Debt State

June 27, 2016

ABSTRACT Who are the dominant owners of US public debt? Is it widely held, or concentrated in the hands of a few? Does ownership of public debt give these bondholders power over our government? What do we make of the fact that foreign-owned debt has ballooned to nearly 50 percent today? Until now, we have … Read More

No. 2016/04: Fix, ‘Energy and Institution Size’

June 20, 2016

Why do institutions grow? Despite nearly a century of scientific effort, there remains little consensus on this topic. This paper offers a new approach that focuses on energy consumption. A systematic relation exists between institution size and energy consumption per capita: as energy consumption increases, institutions become larger. I hypothesize that this relation results from … Read More

No. 2016/03: Di Muzio and Dow, “Uneven and Combined Confusion: On the Geopolitical Origins of Capitalism and the Rise of the West”

June 11, 2016

This article offers a critique of Alexander Anievas and Kerem Nişancioğlu’s How the West Came to Rule: The Geopolitical Origins of Capitalism. We argue that while all historiography features a number of silences, shortcomings or omissions, the omissions in How the West Came to Rule lead to a mistaken view of the emergence of capitalism. … Read More

Protecting the Game from the Players

June 7, 2016

In certain circles, Charlie Munger is a demi-god. He is the vice-chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, the holding company controlled by the god of markets himself, or rather, Warren Buffett. The words spoken and written by both Buffett and Munger are treated as divine insights on the way the world works or ought to work. Recently, Munger … Read More