Anti-Capitalist Chronicles: Mainstreaming Marxism & Redefining Capitalism

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In this episode of Anti-Capitalist Chronicles, Prof. Harvey considers the hostility and glorification of ignorance—a legacy of McCarthyism—towards the teachings of Marx, especially within academia and the mainstream media. Academia has become a money-making institution and even liberal mainstream media, claiming to be tolerant, espouse repressive tolerance. Harvey draws on his experience writing and teaching about Marxism to reject the need to define the current phase of capital. We are not regressing back towards feudalism and we don’t need to find more adjectives to put in front of capitalism. Rather than trying to fit our current conditions into a preconceived notion, we simply need to consider the qualities of the conditions in order to challenge the power of capitalist institutions and move forward. 

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  • P DiGesu
    commented 2022-12-21 12:20:04 -0500
    Those who do not study history are condemned to repeat it.
    An In depth study of history is not just about which political systems survived or which were trashed. The lessons are key and many have been categorically dismissed. Greed is an ancient human character trait and forms of feudalism are not extinct. The only new factor in the old equation is ecology and unsustainability which cannot be ignored.
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