Economía marxista para el Siglo XXI

Archivo para noviembre, 2014

“Rileggere Marx con le lenti della filologia”: Roberto Fineschi

La nueva edición del libro I del Capital que he coordinado para las “Opere Complete di Marx ed Engels” (vol. XXXI, Napoli, La città del sole, 1600 páginas) pretende mostrar al lector el estado de la cuestión tras las significativas novedades surgidas durante la publicación de la nueva edición histórico-crítica, la segunda Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabe (MEGA2), monumental proyecto de 114 volúmenes en proceso de realización desde hace cuarenta años y lejos de finalizarse.

in memoria del suo maestro Alessandro MAZZONE

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El maquiavélico sistema electoral español / Jorge Urdanoz

Sociología crítica

Diario El País // El sistema electoral español es infinitamente más original de lo que parece a primera vista, y es bastante maquiavélico”. Quien así habla no es ni un desinformado ni un antisistema resentido, es Óscar Alzaga, uno de los padres del propio sistema. Los dos adjetivos que utiliza describen a la perfección la criatura que él y otros miembros de la UCD alumbraron durante la Transición y que todavía perdura.

Su originalidad es tal que los especialistas no acaban de catalogarlo. Aunque la Constitución habla de “representación proporcional”, lo cierto es que las desproporciones en los resultados son de las mayores de la escena internacional. No sólo no se garantiza una proporción más o menos ajustada entre votos y escaños, es que ni siquiera se salvaguarda el mero orden en el que los votantes colocan a los partidos: una formación con menos votos que otra puede conseguir más…

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How capitalism survives

Michael Roberts Blog

Last weekend, I attended this year’s London version of the Historical Materialism conference (http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences/annual11), which for those who don’t know is an annual gathering of mainly Marxist academics, students and activists organised by the Historical Materialism journal. A host of papers and book launch presentations are made, often bringing out new ideas in the analysis of capitalism.

This year’s main theme was How Capitalism Survives and was apparently attended by over 750 scholars, academics and activists. It’s not possible to attend all sessions, of course, so my review concentrates on the economics papers and even there is sometimes based on reading the papers presented rather than on actually attending the session (so be forewarned!).

How does capitalism survive? Well, according to John Weeks, emeritus professor at SOAS, it’s because the capitalist mode of production has had very few of what could be called proper crises (2014 Weeks_Crisis_Izmir

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“La resistencia de Kobane es luz para un nuevo Medio Oriente y una nueva sociedad”: Entrevista con la Comandante en jefe de las milicias defensoras de Kobane

Syria-YPJ-Fighters-in-KobaneLas mujeres en la Revolución de Rojava han jugado desde el inicio un papel fundamental tanto en la construcción de nuevas instituciones políticas de los cantones autónomos (consejos del pueblo, escuelas, asociaciones, etc) como en la redacción del Acuerdo Social (Carta Constitucional con muchos elementos innovadores y únicos que es parte de la construcción de la nueva sociedad en Rojava), y también en la defensa de la Autonomía proclamada en esa región. Las mujeres han dado vida a unidades de defensa populares, milicias armadas formadas solo por mujeres.

La batalla de Kobane, con los kurdos defendiendo su ciudad contra el bien equipado Estado Islámico, dura ya más de 40 días y está dirigida por dos mujeres comandantes. En condiciones extremamente complicadas, porque los combates son sumamente violentos, una de ellas, la comandante Meryem Kobane ha accedido a hablar con La Directa vía telefónica.

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“Il Capitale di Marx”: Riccardo Bellofiore

Marx-Reloaded

Ciclo di letture del I libro del “Capitale” di Karl Marx tenuto da Riccardo Bellofiore (Università di Bergamo).

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Heterodox Economics Newsletter

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Issue 171 November 03, 2014 web pdf Heterodox Economics Directory

Last week, I got the saddening message that Frederic S. Lee, a strong voice of economic heterodoxy as well as the founding editor of this Newsletter, passed away on October 23. His death came much too early given Fred’s tremendous efforts and enthusiasm in promoting heterodox economics and economic pluralism. He will be deeply missed by the community of heterodox economists.

In reaction to Fred’s untimely passing a number of old friends, colleagues, students, and even those who have never met Fred have sent statements of mourning and retrospection (see here). You may have a look at Fred’s obituary (written by Tae-Hee Jo). Personally, I also found his autobiographical essay to be very inspiring.

In spite of his untimely passing, I should point out that Fred’s intellectual heritage will continue to flower. He left behind an impressive academic oeuvre as well as a whole generation of dedicated and well-trained heterodox economists, to whose education he contributed. Moreover, Tae-Hee Jo and Zdravka Todorovka are currently preparing a Festschrift dedicated to Fred’s various areas of academic interest (publication is planned for 2015).

One way to honor Fred’s efforts is to have a look at his publications. Since Fred was a vivid, versatile, highly prolific and very active author of scholarly publications anyone interested in heterodox economics may find some inspiration in his workings. There are some archival materials he wanted to share with us on his website. Additionally, you will also find two events related to Fred’s heritage – one at SOAS on 22 November as well as a special session on Fred’s work at the meeting of the Eastern Economic Association – in this issue of the Newsletter.

Finally and most importantly, Fred also set up a fund for heterodox scholarships, dedicated to financing PhD-studentships in the area of heterodox economics. If you want to honor Fred’s attitude and efforts posthumously you may donate to this fund here.

In mourning,

Jakob

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The story of QE and the recovery

Michael Roberts Blog

There were two interesting developments in the world economy last week that some have called a sea change. First, the US Federal Reserve bank ended its programme of what is called ‘quantitative easing’ (QE). This is the purchase by the central banks of government, corporate and real estate bonds paid for by ‘printing money’, or more precisely creating reserves of money in banks.

QE

This ‘unconventional’ monetary stimulus was adopted by the Fed and other banks after they had cut their interest rates for lending to commercial banks (the ‘policy rate’) to zero and the major economies were still struggling to get out of the Great Recession. The argument was that once interest rates were ‘zero-bound’, further stimulus to the economy would have to be ‘quantitative’, based on more money quantity rather than just being cheaper to borrow (lower interest rate).

Well, at its meeting last week, the Fed announced that…

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