Hello everyone. My name is Gibin Hong. Though maybe a little presumptous, this short self-introduction may be needed to familarize myself to everyone in this group.
I am a doctoral student in York poli sci, supervised by Jonathan Nitzan. I entered our program in 1997 Fall (soooo long time ago
) and now am struggling to finish the draft. The theme is to develop the concept of Capital-Control-Complex as an alternative approach to the so called "varieties of national capitalism" from global political perspective. The basic idea is that the state, corporate ownership/governance structure, and the financial system are the tripod of the same entity, capital at large as "megamachine". I think the coalescence of the three pillars, although implicit already from the birth of capitalism, was made explicitly institutionalized in the twentieth century. The latter half of the thesis is the illustration of the CCC concept by applying it to the Japanese capitalism 1932-1968.
I first worked with Stephen Gill. When I entered, there doesn't seem to be many options (Jonathan came to our program in 1998). But as time goes on, I found that the direction of my research become more and more incompatible with so-called "neo-gramscian" paradigm. As I saw it, its lack of the analytical concepts and theories on capital accumulation, ruling bloc formation, restructuring social sphere brought pernicious setback to the endeavor from the status as was first initiated by Robert W. Cox in 1980s, rendering it mere heap of commentaries upon varoius global issues without offering systematic analysis of causality in the global restructuring propelled by capital accumulation. As you would be able to expect, my research had to meet a number of "devils" in so many complicated theoretical issues: what is the nature and origin of modern money? how the domestic/external dimensions are related? who really govern(s) corporations? and so on. But this too much "obsession" with thoretical issues might have contributed to aggravating my communication with the supervisor. Obviously, Jonathan was an indispensable source of inspiration and courage to proceed on my research. Now he is my supervisor. I am based on Seoul, Korea, but temporarily staying in Montreal.
I am truly glad to see this forum and grateful for those whose endeavor made this take place. For those past years, I sometimes felt like autist, because there seem to be no on, even in our department, with whom I can share my views on power, capital accumulation, global restructuring from common ground. I do hope this venue will be a global forum for everyone in the world who share the same disenchantment, fear, and hope with the current status of human knowledge of what is happening to our globe. So that I could keep being motivated and encouraged even when I go back to Korea. I would send my warmest greetings to everyone.