Tag: capital
The Rentier Economy, Vulture Capital, and Enshittification
  The Rentier Economy, Vulture Capital, and Enshittification   There is a crime here that goes beyond denunciation. There is a sorrow here that weeping cannot symbolize. There is a failure here that topples all our success. The fertile earth, the straight tree rows, the sturdy trunks, and the ripe fruit. And children dying of…
Might Doesn’t Determine Right…
…but It Did Determine Our Regime of Property “You fools! If you took might, freedom would come of itself.”- Max Stirner, The Ego and Its Own On December 12th, 2023 the AFL-CIO Facebook page posted a meme that stated “Elon Musk doesn’t create cars, Jeff Bezos doesn’t deliver Amazon packages, Howard Shultz doesn’t make Starbucks…
John Tamny Hits the Trifecta of False Talking Points
At Real Clear Markets, John Tamny — FreedomWorks Vice President and Director of the FreedomWorks Center for Economic Freedom — manages to fit an impressive number of fallacious talking points into one column. FreedomWorks, as you might know, is the outfit founded by Dick Armey — the crook extraordinaire who (along with fellow dumpster fires…
Il Capitale, la Mappa e il Territorio
Di Kevin Carson. Articolo originale: On Capital, Maps, and Terrain, del primo novembre 2023. Traduzione italiana di Enrico Sanna. Mi è capitato recentemente di leggere su Twitter questo classico di Arthur Chu: (Traduzione: “Il capitalismo fa il tuo iPhone”. No, è il LAVORATORE che fa le cose, quali che siano gli -ismi. Gli -ismi servono…
О деньгах, картах и территории
Kevin Carson. On Capital, Maps, and Terrain. November 1st, 2023. На днях я наткнулся на скрин этого классического старого твита Артура Чи: Каждый раз, когда такое высказывание появляется в социальных сетях, оно неизбежно вызывает огромное количество отзывов типа «рабочие не смогли бы ничего сделать, если бы им пришлось самостоятельно изготавливать запчасти и орудия труда.» К…
On Capital, Maps, and Terrain
I recently stumbled across a screenshot of this classic old tweet from Arthur Chu: Whenever such an observation appears on social media, it inevitably provokes a storm of responses along the lines of “workers wouldn’t be able to make anything if they had to make their own parts and tools.” For example, as part of…
Review: A Companion to Marx’s Grundrisse, by David Harvey
David Harvey. A Companion to Marx’s Grundrisse (London and New York: Verso, 2023). David Harvey may be familiar to some from his background as a Marxist geographer focusing on neoliberalism and uneven development, or for his development of Henri Lefebvre’s “Right to the City” concept. The Grundrisse itself amounts, more or less, to a voluminous…
¿“Bajo el capitalismo”?
Por Kevin Carson. Artículo original: Under Capitalism, del 11 de septiembre de 2019. Traducción en español por Vince Cerberus. En un par de artículos anteriores, los escritores de C4SS, Frank Miroslav y Black Cat, argumentaron, respectivamente, que el principio frecuentemente declarado “no hay consumo ético bajo el capitalismo” es un “ cliché que detiene el pensamiento ” y,…
La zonificación no ayuda a las clases bajas
De Dawie Coetzee. Artículo original: Zoning Doesn’t Help Lower Classes, del 10 de diciembre 2015. Traducido al español por Luis Vera Suárez. Alguien compartió esto en mi FB. Mi comentario inconexo: Escuché por primera vez el argumento para la abolición de la zonificación de boca de mi profesor de diseño de primer año de la…
Il Credito Bene Comune Appropriato, Parte II
Di Kevin Carson. Originale: Credit as an Enclosed Commons, Part II, pubblicato il primo settembre 2020. Traduzione di Enrico Sanna. In un precedente articolo, spiegavo che chi elogia Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos e simili per la loro capacità di “creare valore” dà credito alle persone sbagliate. Ogni componente della Tesla, tutto il modello logistico e…
Credit As an Enclosed Commons, Part II
[Hear an in-depth discussion on this article and its topics in this episode of The Enragés] In a previous column, I examined the way in which those who praise Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and their ilk for their “creative genius” or “value creation” are misplacing the credit. All the components of Tesla designs, and of…
Sotto il Capitalismo?
Di Kevin Carson. Originale pubblicato l’undici settembre 2019 con il titolo “Under Capitalism”? Traduzione di Enrico Sanna. Con due recenti articoli di altrettanti autori di C4SS, Frank Miroslav e Black Cat sostenevano, il primo, che dire “non c’è consumo etico nel capitalismo” è qualcosa che “spegne la mente”, mentre il secondo ribatteva che non esiste…
“Under Capitalism”?
In a couple of earlier pieces, C4SS writers Frank Miroslav and Black Cat argued, respectively, that the frequently stated principle “there is no ethical consumption under capitalism” is a “thought-stopping cliche,” and — in response — that “there really is no ethical (individual) consumption under capitalism.” As I read it, the disagreement between them is…
A New Strategy for Fight for $15
Last week, I attended a local Fight for $15 rally with some fellow Wobblies and other union organizers and supporters. Echoes of rally cries demanding, “$15 and a union,” filled the streets outside of a local McDonald’s as fast food and child services workers from the Tampa and Orlando, Florida area, mostly workers of color,…
The Entrepreneur in Society
It’s generally conceived that the entrepreneur is the lone economic wolf in the economy, bringing together the morass of labour, capital and resources and placing it under his/her will. This picture of rugged individualism usually serves little purpose other than to justify large expansions of wealth by corporate CEOs and ignores the actual picture of…
Freedom and Equality are not Tradeoffs
In most American political discourse, freedom and equality are treated as inversely related:  that is, economic freedom can only be increased at the expense of raising inequality, and economic equality can only be increased at the expense of reducing economic freedom. But at Stumbling and Mumbling blog, Chris Dillow (“Inequality against freedom,” Feb. 23) shows…
Once Again, a Tired Pro-Capitalist Argument Rears Its Stupid Head
As if Thomas Sowell weren’t sufficient to demonstrate the intellectual bankruptcy of pro-capitalist apologetics, we now have corporate apologists trolling the #ResistCapitalism hashtag on Twitter. Although most of the people using it today seem to think it’s an original piece of wit they just came up with on their own, the “Lookit them tweeting #ResistCapitalism…
Will Truly Free Markets be Truly Different? on Feed 44
C4SS Feed 44 presents Steve Horwitz‘s “Will Truly Free Markets be Truly Different?” read and edited by Tony Dreher. As I have argued before, I find it a very convenient coincidence that the left-libertarian picture of a free market society just happens to line up almost exactly with the world that many on the traditional…
Zoning Doesn’t Help Lower Classes
Someone shared this on my FB. My desultory comment: I first heard the argument for wholesale abolition of zoning from my first-year design lecturer. Two observations, though. Firstly, the term “zoning” may be used in wider and narrower senses. In some contexts it refers only to what land is used for; in others, like Cape…
Libertarian-splaining to the Poor
In a video produced by the Future of Freedom Foundation (“The Libertarian Angle: Do Libertarians Really Hate the Poor?“), Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling obviously intend a smashing, unanswerable rejoinder to the left-wing stereotype of right-libertarians as “pot-smoking Republicans” who hate the poor. Sadly, it only reaffirms that stereotype. It’s exactly what left-wing critics of libertarianism…