Alternatives to Capital
As we previously announced, libertarian economist Per Bylund and Andrew Kliman of Marxist-Humanist Initiative debated the nature of freedom and what is needed to create a free society in a two-hour debate that took place in Stockholm, Sweden on September 14. Two hundred people attended the meeting, which was also broadcast via Livestream. The event was co-sponsored by Cor.ax / bubb.la (projects of a Swedish libertarian group), and Marxist-Humanist Initiative.
We are eagerly awaiting the release of the video of this debate, and will include it here once it is released. In the meantime, here is the audio of the debate audio of the debate. It also includes, at the end (beginning at 1:35:39 into the audio), a follow-up discussion between Bylund and Kliman that took place the next day.
by Tibor Malinovič, »Iskra« student society, Slovenia
The article is a translated combination of two previous articles, written in 2014 and 2016 for the student movement’s publications.
In this article, I will explore an important aspect of organisation: organisation of feasible alternatives in the economy. One topic that is important for left-wing politics is the question of control over resources that people use and work with to create new wealth (i.e. control of the means of production). Socialist theory usually proposes that the control of the means of production transfers into the hands of the working class, the workers, which would allow a vast portion of the producers of social wealth to gain economic as well as political power. Read More
Marxist-Humanist Initiative (MHI) held a discussion Jan. 23 on state-capitalism, both the theory developed by Raya Dunayevskaya in the 1940s, and its practice in the Soviet Union, in spite of that nation’s claims to have broken with capitalism. Dunayevskaya’s analysis (see articles on our Archives page) was based on her interpretation of Marx’s concept of capitalism, whose hallmark is the “law of value.” When the Soviet Union announced that the “law” still operated there under “socialism,” she saw it as confirmation of her theoretical analysis and a warning to the Russian workers that they should not expect any improvement in their lives to come with the end of World War II.
Andrew Kliman gave a talk at the meeting; a slightly revised text version appears below the audio button.