Tribute to Thomas Lord and his Capital V1 Chapter 1 outline

I’ve just learned that Thomas Lord a Berkely activist has passed. I’ve been talking to Thomas on Twitter for years and always respected his point of view. Both of us really enjoyed The Real Movement Blog from Jehu and I would offen bounce ideas off him and he even offered me writing advice for this blog. Thomas will be missed and as a tribute I’d like to publish this draft outline he posted years ago on chapter 1 of Capital Volume 1....

Thu, Jun 30, 2022

Four questions towards a thesis on the state of exchange value

A fundamental feature of capitalism is that different types of commodities can be compared to each other. Two different types of commodity can be compared via socially necessary labor time, but in the post gold standard and post war world world this gets wonky. Comparing 1 battleship to 100 mangos could be done in pure dollar terms. But we all know the battleship market isn’t a real thing, it’s driven by the endless war machine that didn’t let up post World War II....

Wed, Oct 27, 2021

Dignity to the unvaccinated is critical to serious left wing politics

As the Covid crisis worsens with the Delta variant, no national mask mandate, practically no closures and next to no federal government leadership I’m noticing a disrupting trend with various left wing folks who want to stand in lock step with the American healthcare system to raise insurance prices on the unvaxed. This is absolutely counter productive towards public health and incompatible with any type of progressive value set that should value healthcare for all....

Mon, Aug 30, 2021

Neoliberal hell: City Management

The year is 1975 , the US dollar is free from any gold or silver tether and the national deficit is only a mere $533,189,000,000.00 or 33 percent of National GDP. Meanwhile in New York City its deficit stands at $750,000,000. Had the federal government helped, it would have only had to increase the national debt by only 0.14066306694249% but a clear NO was sent from the unelected President Gerald Ford....

Sun, Jun 13, 2021

What’s going on with Portland Democrats and Homeless Shelters?

As the charter commission race enters election day, last night Portland City Council (which is 100 percent Democrats) voted for a moratorium that prohibits any shelters from being built in the Portland Bayside neighborhood for the next six months. The vote was 6-3 and the Bangor Daily News focused on the locals in the neighborhood pushing for this temporary ban. I am certainly not surprised urban home owning liberals would support such a move , I don’t think it’s the center of this story at all....

Tue, Jun 8, 2021

James Last Hour: Farm Workers

This new blog series will focus on discussing James Myalls Twitter threads. James is a visiting policy expert who works for the Maine Center for Economic Policy which is connected to The Democratic Party as well as the shady “grassroots” Maine People’s Alliance. What makes James amusing is like the late Nassau William Senior who was featured in Marx’s Capital James , the lawmakers and other folks he tweets about do stumble into some truths just like Senior stumbling into surplus value....

Sun, May 2, 2021

Troy Jackson’s plans are straight out of the early 20th century

Its recently came to my attention that Troy Jackson is back on the stump bashing Canadian loggers in the Maine woods, which has been a hobby horse of Jackson’s. Troy has trotted this horse from his first failed run for office as a Republican to his ascent to Democratic State Senate Majority leader. Jackson has found an ally in congressman Jared Golden , both of whom are promoting the idea that Canandians are the enemy of Maine loggers and should be cut off from the Maine woods....

Sat, May 1, 2021