Real GDP: The Flawed Metric at the Heart of Macroeconomics

May 1, 2019

Blair Fix, Jonathan Nitzan and Shimshon Bichler The study of economic growth is central to macroeconomics. More than anything else, macroeconomists are concerned with finding policies that encourage growth. And by ‘growth’, they mean the ­growth of real GDP. This measure has become so central to macroeconomics that few economists question its validity. Our intention … Read More

On the Power Theory of Capitalism and Differential Accumulation

April 19, 2019

*** By Ken Zimmerman This piece was originally posted on the Real-World Economics Review Blog here and here. *** Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan are Israeli political economists. Together they’ve created a thought-provoking power theory of capitalism and theory of differential accumulation. The theory is not “pie-in-the-sky,” but is based in their analysis of the … Read More

Capitalism’s Deniers

January 8, 2019

Originally published at Real World Economics Review Blog. from Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan A new, capitalism-denying book is on the shelves, and it makes a stunning discovery: ‘Capitalism without competition is not capitalism’! Distortions: Capitalism Denied Capitalist crisis, like climate change, tends to breed ‘capitalism deniers’. The problem, argue the deniers, lies not in capitalism but in … Read More

2018 Capital as Power Essay Prize

November 30, 2018

2018 Capital as Power Essay Prize First Prize $1000 Second Prize $500 Third Prize $300 http://www.recasp.com/essay-prize 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 $1000. A prize of $500 will be awarded to the second best contribution, while … Read More

Francis’ Updated Buy-to-Build Indicator

September 5, 2018

Joe Francis, who written on the buy-to-build indicator before, has updated his data for the USA and the UK. Below is his post entitled ‘An Open Source Update of the Buy-to-Build Indicator’: The tendency toward buying other companies more than building new productive capacity continues in the United States In a past life I had … Read More

Africa and Capital as Power

March 21, 2018

This post was written by Tim DiMuzio and originally appeared on the website for Review of African Political Economy. Despite the fact that the ‘capital as power’ approach to critical political economy has been around for some time now, it is not very widely used and/or understood.  Part of the reason for this, I believe, … Read More

Podcast Interview with Blair Fix on Capitalism, Hierarchy, and Energy

February 9, 2018

Blair Fix, whose publications are available on this site, was interviewed by Post-Scarcity Anarchism. The interview covers his research on energy use and the relationship between hierarchy and personal income. Worth the listen!

Profit warning: there will be blood

December 12, 2017

The following research note by Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan first appeared on Real World Economics Review Blog. We have just updated the charts in our 2014 RWER paper ‘Still About Oil?’, and the picture they portray reads like a capitalist call for arms. Beginning in the late 1980s, we suggested that, since the late … Read More