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benjamin franklin as the ghost of capitalism past, present and future

10.13.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

No one’s face could be more appropriate on a banknote than that of Benjamin Franklin – nobody embodies the spirits that drive capitalism, the ghosts that haunt it and the imagination that transcends it as he does. To begin with, his advice on how to relentlessly convert time into money, and to reinvest that money ...

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sociologist in distress….

01.25.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

http://www.pinarselek.com/public/page_item.aspx?id=1810 this is either a case of one-step-forward-two-steps-back or two-step-forwards-one-step-back – hope it’s the latter… ...

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Towards a Consumerist Critique of Capitalism (and a Socialist Defence of Consumer Culture)

11.16.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

update 19th may 2013 slightly improved version now published in ephemera http://www.academia.edu/1303458/towards_a_consumerist_critique_of_capitalism_and_a_socialist_defence_of_consumer_culture   Introduction To suggest a ‘consumerist critique of capitalism’ sounds quite oxymoronic – and even more so a ‘socialist defence of consumer culture’. Consumerism is widely seen as the cultural expression of developed capitalism and Marxist analyses from the 1970s onwards have tried to ...

Tolerance – veering off into a socialist defence of consumer culture…

09.03.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

[this post is a bit of a mess – it’s initial occasion was Emre Kongar’s article (see below) on tolerance and secularism. My reaction to it got, somehow, entangled with my plan to write a socialist defence of consumer culture…] A distant colleague of mine is fond of saying that he will dance on the ...

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