Marxist Sociology Blog: Theory, research, politics2018-10-24T10:00:29-04:00

From Regressive to Cooperative Nationalism

Democratic socialists frame their project nationally without reference to the trans-national context, while also framing neoliberals’ view of ‘nationalism’ as regressive. Actually, the transnational context of the prevailing mid-range form of capitalism or ‘model of development’ influences nationalist tendencies that may be regressive or progressive. Present regressive nationalist tendencies exploited by the Alt. Right have their source in the ‘neoliberal model of development’ that has generated a global market within which nation states must aggressively compete with each other in order to attract and maintain a viable share of capital. Today, the neoliberal project’s deep multi-sided crisis trajectory further feeds the Alt. Right’s regressive nationalism.

In order to distinguish itself more clearly from the neoliberal project, the democratic socialist perspective needs to identify the neoliberal causes of the Alt. Right’s regressive nationalism. Further, in order to contest the Alt. Right’s degenerate brand of nationalism, democratic socialism needs to develop an alternative vision of a trans-national regulatory framework that can facilitate progressively cooperative nationalism and self-sufficient local autonomy. Underpinned by a ‘second-generation’ neo-Marxist approach, my recent article clarifies how the neoliberal model of development’s national-trans-national framework generates regressive nationalist consequences. It then goes on to discuss a democratic socialist alternative […]

By |Mar 30, 2022|Categories: Blog article, Theory|Comments Off on From Regressive to Cooperative Nationalism

How does actual inequality affect people’s perception of inequality?

We confirm that individuals from various classes do indeed respond differently to shifting levels of inequality. Specifically, the working classes become less critical of inequality as it increases while the opposite is true for the upper classes. This creates a counterbalancing effect that obscures the aggregate relationship between actual and rising inequality and people’s perceptions of it.

By |Mar 16, 2022|Categories: Blog article, Research|Comments Off on How does actual inequality affect people’s perception of inequality?

Rethinking the Capitalist Production of Surplus

The successive and overlapping economic, political, public health, geopolitical and environmental crises in the early part of this century highlight the continuing relevance of Marxism’s focus on capitalism’s contradictions.  However, capitalism’s resilience in the face of these contradictions is in part due to the system’s ability to prevent the working-class unity that Marx and Engels had memorably prophesied in the Communist Manifesto.  While Marxist and neo-Marxist scholars have long (and rightly) stressed the contribution of gender and racial inequalities to ongoing working-class divisions, another source of such divisions is both the existence within capitalism of structurally distinct economic sectors and the unevenly recognized contribution of these sectors to the production of the economic surpluses driving capitalism forward.  The implications of the existence of these structurally distinct sites of surplus production will, therefore, be the focus of this piece.

There has been a long-standing assumption within Marxist literature that surplus in contemporary societies is produced within the private capitalist sector of the economy.  This view has been challenged by many feminist economists, who have linked this assumption to the long-standing tendency to devalue and erase both women’s work outside the capitalist workplace and the sizeable contribution this work makes to economic […]

By |Mar 2, 2022|Categories: Blog article, Research|Comments Off on Rethinking the Capitalist Production of Surplus
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