reason.tv | Taco Truck Takedown! Why is the LAPD harassing food carts?
Forty-five days in jail for selling hot dogs? And you thought this was a "free" country…..
LibriVox | Capital Volume 1 by Karl Marx
The real deal? Das Kapital in a free audiobook podcast.
David Harvey.org | Reading Marx's Capital
Ooh! A 13-part video podcast on Das Kapital. Can't watch now, but my comments will surely follow! Read the rest of this entry »
- World Socialist Party (US) | Labor Theory of Value
Looking for a simple, concise explanation of the theory, I find instead this litany of apologetics. Written almost entirely on the defensive, the article explains nothing about the Labor Theory of Value except why Marx scoffed at requests to explain it: — “if one wanted to ‘explain’ from the outset all phenomena that apparently contradict the law, one would have to provide the science before the science” (Collected Works vol. 43, p. 68). I don’t know if that explanation satisfies you, but I find it wanting. I think, ultimately, Marx uses the word “VALUE” as a term of art that means simply that part of an item’s existence attributable to the labor required to produce it. So, if I spent 50 man-hours making 50,000 turd sandwiches, Marx would “VALUE” those turd sandwiches at the going rate for 50 man-hours of labor. Sure, the labor theory of value makes sense in THAT context, but what about real life, in which we don’t always have the luxury of defining words as we please?
Update: It has come to my attention after listening to a lecture on the opening chapter of Marx’s Capital that Marx believed that useless items had no value. He actually employed three terms of art, and what he saw as the relationships between them, to describe what a layman would call “value”. The terms are: use value, exchange value, and value. An explanation of this in the linked article would have been helpful.
- reason.tv | Don’t Get Hurt
Fear of addiction and other harms resulting from prescription pain-killers is overblown, argues Ted Balaker at Reason. Read the rest of this entry »
- Freedom From Religion Foundation | Freethought Radio, Podcast Will Continue
Air America has folded, but, the show will still air on Madison, Wisconsin’s local radio, among others, and, thanks to the Interwebs, we can all still enjoy a little Freethought Radio.
- reason.tv | 3 Reasons Not To Sweat The Citizens United Ruling
To be completely fair about campaign finance law, my understanding was that it limits what corporations could spend, not what they could say. Still, the effect of the law was to censor a political film—based on its political message—right in the middle of election season. I don’t see how the First Amendment’s guarantee of press freedom can permit that to happen.
- Information Is Beautiful | Climate Change Deniers vs The Consensus
Well, it looks like the “Denier” position is now popular enough to merit rebuttal. Read the rest of this entry »