The Yellow Vest Movement: How Neoliberalism Ends

December 6, 2018 Agrippa 0

The Yellow Vest movement that has convulsed France owes its origins to developments and processes unique to French society, however it also owes its origins to factors and structures operating at the global level. A ready indication of this is the solidarity and support that the movement has attracted across […]

The World and Yugoslavia: 1968 and 1918

November 19, 2018 Agrippa 0

One of the key functions of any political system in capitalist society is the containment of autonomous working class action. There are many forms this takes, an important one being when the guardians of history downplay, obscure or even eliminate the role played by the working class in history. The […]

Corporate Power and the Failure of the Australian Labour Market

June 28, 2018 Agrippa 0

The Australian labour market increasingly exhibits the classical signs of market failure due to positive externalities. The best approximation to Paul Krugman in Australia is the economic correspondent for The Guardian Greg Jericho. Economic literacy is a critical component of citizenship in capitalist society, and the great value of Jericho’s […]

Fischer’s Theorem and the Mind’s Big Bang

May 10, 2018 Agrippa 0

Bobby Fischer described the evolution of his capability to play the game of chess by saying , after years of singular devotion, that “by the age of eleven, I just got good.” There’s something quite profound at work here, with import beyond the game of chess. Let me explain. Ian […]

Mnogostradalnaya: The Left and the Russian Revolution

November 6, 2017 Agrippa 0

November 07 2017 marks the centennial of the putsch of Lenin and Trotsky, sometimes called the “Russian Revolution” and at other times “The Great October Socialist Revolution,” which could only end in the imposition of terror as it in fact did. I am interested in making some, brief, remarks about […]

Why Only US? On The Very Idea of a Social Construction

October 27, 2017 Agrippa 0

Albert Einstein never won the Nobel Prize for physics on account of relativity, even though it became a well accepted part of our understanding of nature and acquired empirical support well within his lifetime. It was considered too different, too weird for so august a prize although oddly quantum mechanics, […]

Chomsky On The Origins of Neoliberalism

July 3, 2017 Agrippa 0

Chomsky, when it comes to systematic anarchist writing, has always viewed himself as a “derivative fellow traveller,” and he has provided us with sketches, rather than complete works, regarding anarchism in essays, interviews and talks. Some argue that his libertarian socialism, which he argues in the video linked below (my […]

An Association of Ecological Socialists?

July 2, 2017 Agrippa 0

I am thinking of helping to form a small affinity group of ecological socialists. The group could engage in political actions in solidarity with those conducting traditional forms of class struggle, most especially those possessing as their objective the emancipation of the working class, and ecological activism in solidarity with […]

The Limitations of Libertarian Municipalism

June 15, 2017 Agrippa 0

Murray Bookchin is one of the 20th century’s most well known anarchists. His Post Scarcity Anarchism and Social Anarchism and Lifestyle Anarchism are by now anarchist classics. Furthermore, Bookchin played a very important role in the advent and development of the ecological movement. His ideas regarding “social ecology” there too […]