RUTHLESS CRITICISM

“If we have no business with the construction of the future or with organizing it for all time, there can still be no doubt about the task confronting us at present: the ruthless criticism of the existing order, ruthless in that it will shrink neither from its own discoveries, nor from conflict with the powers that be.” — Karl Marx

Wealth & poverty

What can be learned from Karl Marx about wealth in capitalism
The misanthropic and absurd logic of the capitalist economy
“Real” value: Comments on the “labor theory of value” and the wealth of capitalist society
Why labor as the source and measure of value is nothing to celebrate
What is poverty?
Capitalism requires it, and constantly increases it
Why the call for “fair distribution” is a mistake
The rich becoming richer is not a result of distribution – it's the precondition under which we work and live
Unconditional basic income – is poverty “simply outmoded”?
A fatal error about the nature of work and wealth in this society.

Money -> more money

Money
Not participation in wealth, but exclusion from it
Profit – good or bad?
Or not a moral category?
“Growth”
The increase of private wealth
Where does the surplus over the costs advanced actually come from?
Unpaid labor
The free market fairy tale that profit creates jobs
“Layoffs despite profits!” – Why “despite”?
Letter: Do workers create all wealth?
Then what is the role of bosses in capitalism?
Do CEOs get paid too much?
Income inequality in capitalism – a totally wrong question
Management bonuses
How to shake up and restore a sense of fairness in a company
On the highly praised accomplishments of filthy lucre
The irrational and unnecessary mode of production that money puts in motion

Finance capital

Finance capital: The character, achievement and power of finance
Loaning money to make more money
Five lessons from a one-week stock market crash
Why do losses on the stock market negatively affect “all of us” when booms don’t have positive effects for “all of us”?
Scolding the speculators
Blaming Wall Street while upholding the free market economy
“Predators” attack capitalism!
Enron, Worldcom, Xerox ... perversions of capitalism?

Crisis

What is a crisis?
The accumulation of too much wealth in relation to the purpose of accumulating more of it
Lessons from the crisis
Is the revival of this madness something to hope for?
[Audio] Lessons from the “Great Recession”
Ignore at your own peril

Business big & small

“Mega-mergers” – Capital concentration on a global scale
Size as a weapon of competition
“Exploitation” at Amazon?
What’s so scandalous about the normal and successful use of wage labor for profit?
Small business – “Our” problem child
Capital in need wants our concern and sympathy

Auto capital

Wage reduction: Made in the USA
Auto capital eliminates its human dead weight
Crisis hits the auto industry
A didactic drama about jobs
VW’s “Dieselgate”
Das Auto: a showcase industry and global business with state support
“Cash for clunkers”
A spotlight on the role of the consumer in capitalism

Rent & landed property

Landed property and the housing question in capitalism
Why is a place to live still an unaffordable luxury for so many people after all these years of capitalist growth?

World market

Lessons on international trade
Its not so you can have tropical fruit and coffee
“Fair trade” – The capitalist world market as a challenge to the consumer's morality
How to ignore the economic logic of factory disasters in Bngladesh
What the world economic crisis teaches about capitalism
When speculative failures cause the material reproduction of entire continents to collapse