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I am pleased to announce that an article, “Utopia and the Critique of Political Economy,” based on my 2016 Wheelright Lecture, will soon be published in the Journal of Australian Political Economy. Here is a link to the pdf of the pre-publication draft of that article.

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 […]

Every public opinion survey I’ve seen in recent years shows a growing interest in socialism, especially among young people.* Socialism is an obvious solution to the most pressing economic and social problems threatening the world today, from growing inequality to climate change. But, as I’ve written before, socialism has many different meanings—both what it is […]