The Enlightenment bequeathed us the view we are not machines. Capitalism is a machine serving itself and which makes the self a machine. Ira contra machina!
The 1 of 5 Million protests in Serbia are symptomatic of a wider social catastrophe in the Balkans brought about by its reincorporation into the third world
If democracy is apt to lead to rational outcomes, why are we insanely marching toward ecological catastrophe?
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 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 […]
Pyongyang has told us to look more closely at the resolution of April’s Central Committee plenum. Doing so sheds much light on Kim’s supply side economics. North Korea just keeps pulling you in even amidst a desire to write of more lofty matters. Doubtless we have been observing the meandering […]
To imagine the ideal society is easy, to bring it about is hard. That is as true as it is cruel, and it is a dilemma that revolutionaries have faced from time immemorial. One aspect of that dilemma is the brute fact, neglected as brute facts often are, that one […]
Thomas Kuhn is most well known for developing a model of scientific revolutions, the plural is important, which to no small degree considers sociological factors to be significant to any explanation of the shift from normal to revolutionary science. One of the more controversial of Kuhn’s claims, flowing from the […]
I cannot think of many who had the same depth of insight and breadth of interest as David Hume, and his accounting of history and its relation to the sciences remains apposite. Consider his well known, and still controversial, declaration of the study of history in An Inquiry Mankind are […]
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, […]