Upcoming

‘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

‘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

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

Past

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   No Way Out: Crime, Punishment & the Capitalization of Power — by Jonathan Nitzan   New Dynamics of Power — Jeffrey Harrod & Herman Schwartz   Restructuring Against Resistance — Joseph Baines   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 Session II: BANKING, MONEY, FINANCE (Part 1), Forum on Capital as Power 2011 SESSION III: KEYNOTE ADDRESSES, Bob Jessop & Randall Wray, Forum on Capital as Power 2011   SESSION IV: BUSINESS POWER, Forum on Capital as Power 2011   SESSION V: BANKING, MONEY, FINANCE … Read More