Art and the media are quite relevant topics given the prominence of the #MeToo movement, Donald Trump’s tirades against the free press, and the recent campaigns to diversify ethnic representation in popular culture. It seems that, for all of their relevance to Marxism and the analysis of capitalism, there is an interesting lack of Marxist voices in the discussion. Perhaps this is indicative of the general Marxist unwillingness to analyze current events without the grand abstractions from the real world necessary to connect theory with theory. Either way, this unwillingness is an issue, as any kind of relevancy will rely on purposefully remaining relevant, obviously. Continue reading
Society is characterized by three basic components: humans and their interactions, the implicit product of those interactions, and the explicit product of those interactions. One characteristic of the human species that sets it apart from others is its advanced systems of social organization. As these systems have advanced, they have allowed an aggregation of society. Human interaction is not individual anymore, there is no real isolated interaction. Every individual and their interactions are subject to aggregated society through the processes of socialization and the forces of the status quo. Continue reading
The Keynesian Business Cycle Theory, or KBCT, is central to the Keynesian school of economic thought. The KBCT was John Maynard Keynes’ lens through which he analyzed economic volatility and offered prescriptions on how to correct market failures and deficiencies. An understanding of the KBCT is essential to an understanding of Keynes’ methodology and theories and how they apply to historical events and the future to come. Continue reading
Originally Published: March 19th, 2017
There is a remarkably necessary inquiry to be made into the modern-day necessity for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization– a post-Cold War era military alliance designed to “safeguard the freedom and security of its members through political and military means.” NATO’s primary concern during the latter half of the 20th century, for clear reasons, was the USSR. NATO was designed to collectivize military resources across Europe and the North Atlantic region to fortify the liberal democratic capitalist states of the union from the growing prospect of a Russian attack.
The natural line of thinking, then, would lead one to wonder: why would an alliance dedicated to securing nations from the now-defunct USSR still be relevant? Continue reading