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Labor Is Property

Capitalists, when they buy stock (or “invest”) their cash, are really just pooling their property (money) with the property of other capitalists with the express purpose of gaining the economic advantages which a larger pool of resources will command. Labor has every right to do the very same “pooling”.

High School Students Debating Applied Philosophy

This is generally a good thing. The National Forensics League, which encapsulates the vast majority of high school speech and debate in the United States, has released the potential topics for its value debate division, or “Lincoln-Douglas” debate. Five of these topics will be debated throughout the school year at interscholastic tournaments, and going into

Applying Bertram’s Left to America

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Last week, Chris Bertram speculated some about the predicament of the European left, observing that nowadays “the only thing that unites the various lefts is hostility to a neoliberal right”, and that “the differences of policy and principle at the heart of the so-called left are so deep that an

Longing for a Certain Kind of Left

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] The Pew Center has come up with yet another scheme of political typologies which we can use to situate ourselves; I took the test (because I always take these tests), and ended up a “New Coalition Democrat.” Its group profile isn’t horribly inaccurate; at least it didn’t lump me in


Theses on Unions, Wisconsin, and Other Things

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] So last night, the Republicans in the Wisconsin state senate passed the bill which Governor Scott Walker has made the cornerstone of his new administration: stripping collective bargaining rights from most of the public employee unions of the state (the police and firefighters were exempt). They did this, despite the

Weekend Review

It’s been a busy week here at Politicalcontext.org. Editor Matt J. Stannard has two new editorials this week: a brand new piece on Saudi Arabia and the bourgeois media’s stoking fears of a revolution there, and a piece lamenting our worship of celebrities during Oscar season. Speaking of the Oscars, we’re fortunate to have award

On Envisioning Real Utopias

By Russell Arben Fox I gave this lecture, more or less, on the Friends University campus last Thursday, February 23rd. It was a small crowd, mostly my fellow Democratic Socialists of America activists, but a few curious others showed up as well. I was happy to be able to talk about Wright’s book; Crooked Timber

Political Context: Philosophy

As Founder of Shared Media Cooperative and Publisher of Political Context, it is my honor to welcome you to the Political Context: Philosophy homepage! Here we will discuss Foundational human thought and its relation to the politics of history and everyday life. Criticism, advocacy, speculation, and logic. If you would like to be a contributor

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