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2/29 notes on meeting with Prabhat Patnaik

Prabhat Patnaik’s opening remarks: What framework is needed to understand land acquisition in India? In Marx’s analysis of older, pre-capitalist communities, land acquisition involved the dispossession of the primitive community and their re-absorption as individuals into the proletariat class. This … Continue reading

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Prices, Policies and Protests: The Deceit of Economics

The following article appeared in the Sunday Island, the Sunday edition of the Island, a popular English daily in Sri Lanka, on February 19th, 2012.   Source: Ceylon Today   “The long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. … Continue reading

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Prison Uprising: The Subaltern Wakeup Call in Sri Lanka

The following article on the prison uprising ten days ago in Sri Lanka was published in the Sunday Island on February 5th, the Sunday issue of a popular English daily in Sri Lanka. The recent uprising at the Welikada Prison … Continue reading

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Sri Lanka: Dispossession of Education and Youth Indebtedness

The following article on the neoliberalisation of education in Sri Lanka was published in the Sunday Island on Jan 15th, the Sunday issue of a popular English daily in Sri Lanka. This article which is the third I have written … Continue reading

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Sri Lanka: The Budget, Populist Politics and the Neoliberal Economy

I wrote the following article published in the Sunday issue of the Island, a popular English daily newspaper in Sri Lanka. It is a response to the Budget announced last week. I would interested in your thoughts, including how we … Continue reading

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10/25 Notes on Lenin’s The State and Revolution

Lenin’s The State and Revolution, is a historically- and theoretically-engaged work that provides extraordinary analytical clarity regarding state power.  Writing against the liberal conceptions that consider the state above society, an impartial entity that reconciles class antagonism, Lenin asserts that … Continue reading

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11/7 meeting notes

Meeting with Stanley Aronowitz Readings: How Class Works and Paradigm Lost: State Theory Reconsidered These notes are meant to flesh out some of what we discussed with Professor Aronowitz, as well as some of the key ideas that emerge from … Continue reading

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10/4 meeting notes

Reading: Giovanni Arrighi’s The Geometry of Imperialism: The Limits of Hobson’s Paradigm These notes are meant to expand on a couple points and raise some questions that came up during the discussion on Arrighi’s work clarifying Lenin and Hobson on … Continue reading

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9/20 meeting notes

Some notes on our last meeting… comments, amendments, and additions are welcome! Notes from Marxist Reading Group on Sept 20th, 2011 Readings: Lenin, Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism Panitch and Gindin, Capitalist Crises and the Crisis This Time In … Continue reading

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Notes on the Necessity of Studying the State

In the course of last year’s discussion, the state frequently emerged as an important factor in understanding capitalism’s tendency toward generating both crisis and imperialism.  Recognizing the state’s imbrication in processes of capital accumulation and destruction, however, does little to … Continue reading

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