Ernesto Screpanti on Karl Marx on wage labour – From natural abstraction to formal subsumption

From the abstract: Marx develops two different theories of the employment relationship: in one it results from a contract for the sale of a commodity, in the other from a contract establishing a social relationship. According to the first, the worker sells a commodity, which is conceived as a flow of abstract labour springing from … More Ernesto Screpanti on Karl Marx on wage labour – From natural abstraction to formal subsumption

New book by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams: Inventing the Future – Postcapitalism and a World Without Work

From Verso: Neoliberalism isn’t working. Austerity is forcing millions into poverty and many more into precarious work, while the left remains trapped in stagnant political practices that offer no respite. Inventing the Future is a bold new manifest0 for life after capitalism. Against the confused understanding of our high-tech world by both the right and … More New book by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams: Inventing the Future – Postcapitalism and a World Without Work

Emma Dowling on Love’s Labour’s Cost: The Political Economy of Intimacy

By Emma Dowling Taking care in order to be taken care of. That was the deal of heteronormative love. Underpinning the romantic ideal was the domestic contract between the two parties of the heterosexual couple. Each partner entered into the relationship on the basis of a gendered agreement, a reproductive deal: she would cook, clean, … More Emma Dowling on Love’s Labour’s Cost: The Political Economy of Intimacy