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Kitchen Notebooks: Disproving Economic Determinism - The Chinese Connection

As the few determined readers of this off-and-on column probably have gathered by now, I believe that one of the most important contributions Antonio Gramsci has made to modern political thought, is his break with the economic determinism of many early Marxists.

It has been an ongoing debate, to which extent Marx himself can be blamed for the rather dogmatic and mechanistic turn historical materialism took around the turn of the 19th century. It can however hardly be contested that the major contributions to this ideological blind alley, came after Marx death, by other Marxists such as Karl Kautsky and Nikolai Bukharin.

All though it is uncontroversial that humans are formed by the material conditions under which they grow up, and their thoughts are thus to an extent shaped by social class. To go from this, to claim that all of human history by necessity goes through certain distinct phases, with revolutions in-between, is naturally to take a leap into a world where the human mind’s need to construct order and patterns overshadows what can be actually concluded from empirical data.

Thomas Piketty

Browse figures and tables from Capital in the 21st century here:
http://piketty.pse.ens.fr/files/capital21c/en/pdf/

New Red Star Budapest release

New RedStar Budapest album release with brand new electronica mixes of classic Iceberg trax: http://redstarbudapest.blogspot.no/2013/09/uj-mp3-new-mp3.html

Download and enjoy!

Why Do Americans Tolerate Extreme Wealth Inequality?

New data shows Americans haven’t a clue how stunningly massive the wealth gap in their country really is.
http://bigthink.com/praxis/why-do-americans-tolerate-extreme-wealth-ineq...

flaws in peer-review

Michael Eisen at it is NOT junk
http://www.michaeleisen.org/blog/?p=1439

ATIUKM - Tarzan

I vår serie "Anbefalte tegneserier for den intellektuelle unge kvinne og mann", på kort - ATIUKM, utnytter vi det faktum at stadig mer informasjon, herunder serier, ligger fritt og åpent tilgjengelig på nett.