Of Broken Promises and Democratic Socialism

Too many democratic and socialist promises have been broken in so-called democratic socialist experiments.  And so a lot of people are afraid of democratic socialist ideas; they are suspicious of such ideas.  Most people seem to think the devil you...

Of Democratic and Socialist Practice

Giving concrete shape to democratic and socialist ideas will require democratic and social processes, not despotic or solitary decision-making processes.  Democratic and socialist practice is a political and public affair, not an individual or private...

Of the Welfare of Future Generations

  “We should not privilege our own welfare over that of the as yet unborn, just as we should not privilege the welfare of whites over blacks, or of men over women.” —Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky, How Much Is Enough?: Money and the Good...

Of the Calculation Debate

  “The challenge thrown down by Ludwig Heinrich Edler von Mises and Friedrich August von Hayek—the calculation debate—is not merely a technical one.  To accept the terms of debate as they pose them is to accept that all aspects of economic life...

Of Capitalism and Market Regulation

  “The great achievement of Karl Marx’s critique of political economy was to show the inseparability of production for the market, money, wage labour, competitive accumulation and exploitation.  Marx’s theory is simultaneously a critique of market...

Of Socialism and The Emancipation of Labor

  “If socialism means the emancipation of labour, then at the heart of its project must be the liberation of human life activity from the dictates and the ‘laws’ of the impersonal market.” —David McNally, Against the Market: Political Economy,...

Of a Rational Society

  “Life will always contain a certain amount of hard work, and even drudgery, but modern technology is rapidly diminishing the necessary amounts of both.  This decline would be far greater in a more rational society.” —Michael Perelman, The...

Of Working People

  “Working people are expected to sacrifice themselves in work in order that the market can provide them with things.  The market is supposed to care for their needs in this way, but in reality working people merely function as a means to an end...

Of Capital

  “Modern economists have the tendency to classify everything productive as capital.  The concept of human capital is a case in point.” —Michael Perelman, The Invisible Handcuffs of Capitalism: How Market Tyranny Stifles the Economy by Stunting...

Of Economic Thinking

  “More often, people absorb their economic thinking unconsciously.” —Michael Perelman, The Invisible Handcuffs of Capitalism: How Market Tyranny Stifles the Economy by Stunting Workers, 2011  

Of the Struggle for a Good Society

  “The process of organizing a good society will require much struggle, even after the creation of a socialist republic.” —Michael Perelman, The Invisible Handcuffs of Capitalism: How Market Tyranny Stifles the Economy by Stunting Workers, 2011...

Of Change

  “With enough patience and dedication, change is possible.  We will begin to see that a more equitable society actually improves our physical and mental health, even for those of us who would otherwise sit near the peak of the social pyramid.” ...

Of Resistance to Democratic Socialism

  “Any efforts to create a better way of life will meet considerable resistance from people who presently enjoy a disproportionate share of wealth and privilege.” —Michael Perelman, The Invisible Handcuffs of Capitalism: How Market Tyranny...

Of Science and the Human Good

  “Science is a marvelous instrument for the exploration of external nature, but where the subject is the human good, it is our own intuitions, broadened by reading, travel and conversation, that must be our guide.” —Robert Skidelsky and Edward...

Of the Ecological Movement

  “The ecological movement must seek not the mere beautification of the existing Establishment but a radical transformation of the very institutions and enterprises which waste our resources and pollute the earth.” –Herbert Marcuse  

Of Progress

  “Progress is bent on the destruction of life.  It attacks it in all its forms, cuts down forests, extinguishes species, wipes out indigenous peoples, smothers and disfigures the landscape with the varnish of commerce and degrades such living...

Of Happiness

  “Happiness is affected by relative, not absolute, wealth.  In other words, the happiness of the rich is an expression of their satisfaction at being top of the pile, the unhappiness of the poor their frustration at being bottom.  Since the rich...

Of Income

  “Psychological experiments appear to confirm that relative, not absolute, income is what matters most to people.” —Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky, How Much Is Enough?: Money and the Good Life, 2012  

Of Aristotle's Ethical Anthropology

  “The first principle of Aristotle’s ethical thought is that man, like all species, has a telos, a state of fulfillment or completion.  Aristotle identifies this telos with the good life, the euzēn, for this is the only thingof which it makes no...

Of the "Bourgeoisification" of Aristocrats

  “Aristocrats have everywhere been increasingly assimilated to the world of industrial, financial and commercial enterprise and undergone a process of ‘bourgeoisification.’” —Ralph Miliband, The State in Capitalist Society, 1969  

Of Capitalism and Authoritarianism

  “Advanced capitalism has in the twentieth century provided the context for Nazi rule in Germany and for Stanley Baldwin in Britain, for Franklin Roosevelt in the United States and for the particular brand of authoritarianism which prevailed in...

Of the Quasi-Proletarian Class

  “The steady decline of the independent self-employed artisan and shopkeeper has been paralleled by the extraordinary growth of a class of office workers (a class of ‘quasi-proletarians’), with which may be grouped the sales force of advanced...

Of Capitalist "Relations of Production"

  “The principal form assumed by the ‘relations of production’ in advanced capitalist countries is that between capitalist employers and industrial wage-earners.” —Ralph Miliband, The State in Capitalist Society, 1969  

Of Economic Elites and Economic Life

  “Economic elites, by virtue of ownership or control or both, do command many of the most important sectors of economic life.” —Ralph Miliband, The State in Capitalist Society, 1969  

Of Matter

“Albert Einstein’s theory leads to a world in which matter is more nebulous—capable of popping into and out of existence.”   —Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw, Why Does E=mc²?, 2009