Month: January 2022

The Dialectics of Dependency

by Ruy Mauro Marini Below we present Jorge M’s English translation of Ruy Mauro Marini’s Dialectics of Dependency, an important work in Latin American Marxism and overall theories of imperialism. Also included is a Postscript by Marini reflecting on the work and its arguments.  In their analysis of Latin American dependency, Marxist researchers have generally …

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Why Machines Don’t Create Value

Ian Wright defends Marx’s theory of surplus-value and its claim that human labor is the ultimate cause of economic profit.  In the topsy-turvy world of capitalist ideology, certain truths must be ignored or repressed because acknowledging them would weaken the rule of capital. One such truth is that human labor, and human labor alone, is the ultimate …

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A Marxist Psychology of Language and Representation

What does a Marxist theory of human psychology look like? Kyrill Potapov sheds light on this topic by showing how the works of Soviet thinkers like Lev Vygotsky and Evald Ilyenkov relate to more modern research on collective intentionality and niche construction.  Soviet Marxist Lev Vygotsky, believing that psychology needed “its own Capital”1, took aim …

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The Development and Significance of Cybernetics by William Grey Walter

Amelia Davenport introduces a text by William Grey Walter introducing basic concepts of cybernetics.  Introduction Though little known outside the narrow circles of cybernetics, neurology and robotics, American born British polymath William Grey Walter revolutionized our world. A prodigy from early childhood, he built wireless radios at the age of 9, before widespread radio broadcasting …

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