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Polanyi’s Prescience: Covid-19, Market Utopianism, and the Reality of Society

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 17/10/2020 - 4:48am in

by Margaret Somers and Fred Block * One of Karl Polanyi’s fundamental concepts is ‘the reality of society’, a term he uses in The Great Transformation (TGT) (Polanyi 1944/2001) to contest the idealised model of the autonomous self-regulating market. Modern … Continue reading →

Political Economy After Neoliberalism: A Manifesto for New Thinking

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 08/10/2020 - 12:36pm in

by Neil Fligstein and Steven Vogel* If anything could have dislodged the neoliberal doctrine of freeing the market from the government, you might have expected the coronavirus pandemic to do the trick. Of course, the same was said about the global financial … Continue reading →

The Return of the State

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 06/08/2020 - 10:15pm in

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        “Stop! Wait! Government’s no longer the problem — it’s the solution.” For in-depth discussions on various angles of the ‘State (in the Economy)’ topic: — Bourdieu, Pierre. 2015. On the State: Lectures at the Collège de … Continue reading →

The Infamous Class 3 School Illustration (1976-1979)

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 24/07/2020 - 6:30pm in


On 10 September, 1976, dozens of children, including every single pupil from class 3, Scarfolk High School, vanished on their way to school. A police operation was launched but no clues were ever found. The children were pronounced dead the following Monday, a mere three days later.
Every year thereafter, the police commissioned their sketch artist to draw, in the style of a school photograph, how the missing children might have looked (albeit with their faces removed) had they not disappeared in mysterious circumstances. This was sent to the bereaved parents of class 3 at an exorbitant cost of £31.25.
In the 1979 class sketch, one parent noticed a small label on one of the faceless figure's clothes that contained a code word only their child could have known. 
Under mounting pressure from parents, the police eventually raided their artist's studio and found 347 children in his cellar where many had been held captive for several years. The police immediately seized and confined the children as evidence in a crime investigation, which, after much dithering, ultimately never went to court leaving the families no choice but to pursue a private prosecution against the kidnapper. 
As the children had already been pronounced dead and the cost of amending the relevant paperwork was high, they were given away as prizes in the Scarfolk police raffle, which helped pay the legal fees of their sketch artist, who, it turns out, was the son of Scarfolk's police commissioner.

Ang Werpa ng mga Institusyon para sa Kontrol at Dominasyon

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 27/05/2020 - 6:54pm in

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An article on the power of institutions for control and domination with a note on the state.

Ang kapangyarihan ng mga higanteng institusyong ito ang ugat ng miserableng kundisyon ngayon ng ating daigdig at mga pamayanan. Ang pagbasag sa kanilang kontrol ang siyang daan upang muli nating makamtan ang ating mga pansariling determinasyon.

Bas Umali

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We Are Against All Institutional Parties

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 21/05/2020 - 10:34pm in

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The ICT considers itself to be one core of the future international party of the working class. But the word “party” often triggers an allergic reaction, even amongst elements otherwise sympathetic to our politics – after all, there is already no shortage of parties both of the left and the right which attempt to rule the capitalist state, be it through electoral or military means. As we often repeat, our vision has nothing in common with these rackets. The party we seek to build is not a government in waiting but a guide in the struggle for a new world.

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NSW Residents Ordered To Install Pokies In Their Homes Before Receiving Guests

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 30/04/2020 - 7:39am in

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Following the announcement earlier this week that residents in New South Wales will be allowed to have two guests in their homes from Friday. The Government has sought to clarify, that in order for that to occur they will need to install pokies machines in their houses.

”We want to get the State moving but do so in a safe manner,”said a Spokesperson for the NSW Premier. ”In an ideal World the RSL’s and Casinos would be the first thing we let open, however medical advice is that that’s not a great idea.”

“So we thought what if we put the pokies in people’s homes, that way they can gamble at home with their closest friends.”

When asked why the State is in such a rush to get people back gambling, the Spokesperson said: ”Are you kidding? It’s all about the cash, we need money and where better to get some money than through gambling.”

”I mean you didn’t think we were going to let people visit each other for free? Come on!’

”Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to Nathan Cleary’s house he’s got a game of two up going, fingers crossed I can win us an increase to the health budget.

Mark Williamson

@MWChatShow

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Vic Govt Urged to Increase NDIS Funding

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 10/02/2015 - 9:27am in