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Themes of 2016

Posted: 6 January 2017 in Uncategorized

Looking back over the past year, here are the ten major themes I found in my blog posts: inequality critique of mainstream economics the U.S. presidential election, especially Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump class and surplus epistemology, especially uncertainty utopia working-class corporations and capital academy critique of liberalism We’ll see what happens in the current year. . […]

  Scenes from my talk last night, “Utopia and the Critique of Political Economy,” sponsored by the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney in a lecture series to honor Ted Wheelwright (1921-2007).

Utopia after the crash

Posted: 13 September 2016 in Uncategorized
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Another lecture I’ll be giving while in Australia next month. . .

I’ll admit, I’m a real sucker for any argument that takes a common sense, turns it on its head, and finds a radically different potential. That, of course, is what Karl Marx did with classical political economy. The idea is that what Marx was doing—and what Marxists after him need to do—is less the application of […]

End of utopia?

Posted: 13 July 2016 in Uncategorized
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  I’ve been reading and writing a lot about utopia and utopian communities these days.* As a result, I’ve done a lot of work on the Shakers, including Hancock Shaker Village (which I’ve visited a number of times, with family and friends), the community they built in the Berkshires that became a vibrant example and source of aid […]

I’m honored to have been invited to deliver the 9th Annual E. L. Wheelwright Memorial Lecture at the University of Sydney in October. The title of my lecture will be “Utopia and the Critique of Political Economy”: In my 2016 E. L. Wheelwright Memorial Lecture paper, I want to present for discussion the thesis that Karl Marx and […]

Julia O’Connell Davidson and Neil Howard have just announced a new series of articles on utopian thinking. Between now and April we will feature a stream of articles as part of our ‘possible futures’ project that consider the freedoms that might lie beyond the limited liberties historically construed through manumission. . . Some of the articles to […]

500 years after Thomas More’s powerful critique, the interest in utopia seems not to have wained. In fact, you can make the case, as Tobia Jones [ht: ja] does, that the end-of-history realism of the 1990s has finally given way to a new search for utopia: Everything looks different now. George Bush Sr’s new world order is […]

I want to congratulate Adam Morton and the folks in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney for the success of their Progress in Political Economy blog. And I’m flattered that the post on my “Utopia and the Critique of Political Economy” lecture is included in the Top 10 for 2016.

The working-class—at least the white working-class—has become the main theme of the post-election narrative in the United States. That’s not surprising since, as Jim Tankersley explained: Whites without a college degree — men and women — made up a third of the 2016 electorate. Trump won them by 39 percentage points, according to exit polls, far […]