Of Work

  “Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do.” —Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)  

Of the Future

  “The goal of the future is full unemployment, so we can play.” —Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008)  

Of the Future

  “The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” —William Gibson (born 1948)  

Of Ideas

  “The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones.” —John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)  

Of Utopia

  “Utopia is on the horizon.  I move two steps closer; it moves two steps further away.  I walk another ten steps and the horizon runs ten steps further away.  As much as I may walk, I’ll never reach it.  So what’s the point of utopia?  The point...

Of Capitalism and Globalization

  We live in a time of globalization.  But it is a brand of globalization that is suitable to and for capitalism, a system which favors capital.  Capitalism serves capital.  Globalization allows capital freedom of movement.  Capitalism does not...

Of Open Borders and Free Migration

  “Free migration may not be immediately achievable, but it is a goal toward which we should strive.” —Joseph Carens (an advocate of open borders), 1987  

Of Conviction

  “A man with a conviction is a hard man to change.  Tell him you disagree and he turns away.  Show him facts or figures and he questions your sources.  Appeal to logic and he fails to see your point.” —Leon Festinger, When Prophecy Fails, 1956...

Of Winning

“One thing Donald Trump understands very well is that most people prefer to be on the winning side.  (‘We’re going to win so much.  You’re going to get tired of winning.’)  Most people resent the pity and paternalism of the Good Samaritan.” —Rutger...

Of Aristotle and Relations of Exchange

As I understand Aristotle, equality of exchange, or justice in exchange can be expressed by using this exchange formula: C-M-C’; while inequality of exchange, or injustice in exchange can be expressed by using this exchange formula: M-C-M’.  

Of Aristotle on Justice in Exchange

According to Aristotle, justice in exchange is achieved when “each have their own’, when, in other words, there is no gain from anyone else’s loss.  Aristotle insisted on the unnaturalness of commercial gain.  

Of M-C-M'

  A profit-making exchange can be given the classic formulation: M-C-M’.          

Of Karl Marx and Utopia

“Theodor Adorno’s answer to the question of whether Karl Marx was a utopian thinker is a decisive yes and no.  He was, Adorno writes, an enemy of utopia for the sake of its realization.” —Terry Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right, 2011  

Of the Possibility of Socialism

“Nature does not guarantee that socialism will follow on the heels of capitalism.” —Terry Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right, 2011  

Of a Desirable and Feasible Future

“If it is to be more than an idle fantasy, a radically different future must be not only desirable but feasible; and to be feasible, it has to be anchored in the realities of the present.” —Terry Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right, 2011  

Of the Futility of Arguments for Socialism

“What Karl Marx objected to among other things was the utopianists’ belief that they could win over their opponents purely through the power of argument.” —Terry Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right, 2011  

Of Building Socialism

If you attempt to build socialism in wretched economic conditions, then as we have seen you are very likely to end up with some species of Stalinism.” —Terry Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right, 2011  

Of History

  “If there were certain tendencies at work in history, there were also countertendencies, which implies that outcomes are not assured.” —Terry Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right, 2011  

Of Capitalism and Capital

  “The final limit on capitalism, Karl Marx once commented, is capital itself, the constant reproduction of which is a frontier beyond which it cannot stray.” —Terry Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right, 2011  

Of Capitalism

  “Capitalism will behave antisocially if it is profitable for it to do so.” —Terry Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right, 2011  

Of Political Power

  “The political odds will always be on the system in power, if only because it has more tanks than you do.” —Terry Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right, 2011  

Of Marxism

  “Marxism is meant to be a strictly provisional affair.  That there is a life after Marxism is the whole point of Marxism.” —Terry Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right, 2011  

Of Karl Marx

  “Karl Marx was the first to identify the historical object known as capitalism—to show how it arose, by what laws it worked, and how it might be brought to an end.” —Terry Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right, 2011  

Of Marxist Theory

  “Marxist theory itself is not just a commentary on the world, but an instrument for changing it.” —Terry Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right, 2011  

Of Mental and Material Production

“Before we can think, we have to eat; and the word ‘eat’ opens up the question of a whole mode of social production.” —Terry Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right, 2011