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

Holman and McMahon, ‘From Power over Creation to the Power of Creation’

November 20, 2017

ABSTRACT This article is a critical investigation and application of the aesthetic theory of Cornelius Castoriadis, one of the most important 20th-century theorists of radical democracy. We outline Castoriadis’s thoughts on autonomy, the social-historical nature of Being, and creation — key elements that inform his model of democratic culture. We then develop a Castoriadian critique … Read More

Park, Hyeng-Joon, ‘Korea’s Post-1997 Restructuring’ Winner of the RRPE Annual Best Paper Award for 2016

October 25, 2017

*** Winner of the RRPE Annual Best Paper Award for 2016 *** ABSTRACT This paper is a postprint of an article published by the Review of Radical Political Economics (0486613415594147, first published on August 20, 2015 as doi:10.1177/0486613415594147).] This paper aims to transcend current debates on Korea’s post-1997 restructuring, which rely on a dichotomy between … Read More

No. 2017/04: Bichler and Nitzan, ‘Arms and Oil in the Middle East: A Biography of Research’

August 13, 2017

During the late 1980s, we printed a series of working papers, offering a new approach to the political economy of Israel and wars in the Middle East. Our approach in these papers rested on three new concepts. It started by identifying the Weapondollar-Petrodollar Coalition – an alliance of armament firms, oil companies and financial institutions … Read More

No. 2017/03: Fix, ‘Evidence for a Power Theory of Personal Income Distribution’

July 26, 2017

This paper proposes a new ‘power theory’ of personal income distribution. Contrary to the standard assumption that income is proportional to productivity, I hypothesize that income is most strongly determined by social power, as indicated by one’s position within an institutional hierarchy. While many theorists have proposed a connection between personal income and power, this paper is the … Read More

No. 2017/02: Bichler & Nitzan, ‘Growing through Sabotage’

July 14, 2017

According to the theory of capital as power, capitalism, like any other mode of power, is born through sabotage and lives in chains – and yet everywhere we look we see it grow and expand. What explains this apparent puzzle of ‘growth in the midst of sabotage’? The answer, we argue, begins with the very … Read More

Comment on Can Capitalists Afford a Trumped Recovery?

May 12, 2017

The following commentary on Nitzan and Bichler’s piece ‘Can Capitalist Afford a Trumped Recovery?’ first appeared on the blog Pension Pulse, written by Leo Kolivakis. Earlier this week, I hooked up for a lunch with George Archer and Jonathan Nitzan, two friends of mine who also had previous stints working at BCA Research. I enjoyed our lunch … Read More

Baines, ‘Accumulating through Food Crisis? Farmers, Commodity Traders and the Distributional Politics of Food Crisis’

May 2, 2017

ABSTRACT This paper considers the domestic and international ramifications of financialization and grain price instability in the US agri-food sector. It finds that during the recent period of high and volatile prices, the average income of large-scale farms reached the earnings threshold of the top percentile of US households, and agricultural commodity traders markedly outperformed … Read More