Korsch on Marx on Gotha on Co-operatives

From Karl Korsch's Introduction to the Critique of the Gotha Programme (1922) "Equally complex and at first sight obscure motives lie behind Marx’s furious and relentless attack in section III on the one socio-economic demand the Gotha Programme makes — the demand for ‘establishing producers’ co-operatives with State aid’. Here, as with the iron law of wages, … Continue reading Korsch on Marx on Gotha on Co-operatives

Alchemy

Source: Nathaniel Dorsky (2005) Devotional Cinema, 2nd ed., Berkley: Tuumba Press, 24-25. "For alchemy to take place in a film, the form must include the expression of its own materiality, and this materiality must be in union with its subject matter. If this union is not present, if the film's literalness is so overwhelming, so illustrative, that it obliterates … Continue reading Alchemy

HE White Paper, the HERB, and Co-operative Higher Education

Yesterday, my colleague Mike Neary and I met with Dan Cook (who wrote a very good consultancy report for the Co-operative College on Co-operative Universities in 2013), Ian Snaith, a Lawyer and legal scholar specialising in co-operatives, and Smita Jamdar, a Lawyer who specialises in education. Our intention was to look at the new Higher Education and Research … Continue reading HE White Paper, the HERB, and Co-operative Higher Education

The more radical interpretation of the concept of value…

Source: Simon Clarke (1980), The Value of Value, Capital and Class, 10. "The more radical interpretation of the concept of value gave it more than a strictly economic significance. Marx's concept of value expresses not merely the material foundation of capitalist exploitation but also, and inseperably, its social form. Within Marxist economics this implies that value … Continue reading The more radical interpretation of the concept of value…

Social Solidarity Co-operatives for Higher Education (2)

Following on from a conference paper that I wrote in late 2014, I have been thinking more about the 'social' (Italy) or 'solidarity' (Canada) or 'multi-stakeholder' (UK) form of co-operative as a constitutional and organisational form for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). The corporation To begin with, I have been thinking about the chapter in Marx's … Continue reading Social Solidarity Co-operatives for Higher Education (2)

Life’s too short. Push the boundaries, kick up a fuss, organise with friends.

Some highlights from two articles by Paul Chatterton, Stuart Hodkinson and Jenny Pickerill. They were (and continue to be) influential on me around the time we established the Social Science Centre.  From: Chatterton, P. (2008) Demand the Possible: Journeys in Changing our World as a Public Activist-Scholar, Antipode Vol. 40 No. 3. "Sometimes I wonder why I … Continue reading Life’s too short. Push the boundaries, kick up a fuss, organise with friends.

Communism in practice: Directly social labour

While reading this extract below from Peter Hudis' wonderful book, keep in mind the already existing practices of P2P production, such as free software and open education. As Michel Bauwens and others recognise, these are examples of a proto-mode of post-capitalist production. They conform to much of what Marx describes (below) as the features of directly social … Continue reading Communism in practice: Directly social labour