Wednesday, June 03, 2015

the scientist and the church


rwer |  The Scientist and the Church is a wide-ranging biography of research, showcasing Bichler and Nitzan’s attempts to break through the stifling dogmas of the academic church and chart a new scientific cosmology of capitalism. Central to the authors’ work is the notion that capital is not a productive economic category but capitalized power, and that capitalism should be conceived and researched not as a mode of production and consumption but as a mode of power.

The articles collected in this volume outline the general contours of their approach, flesh out some of their recent research and offer personal insights into the broader politics of their journey. The first chapters reexamine the common foundations of the neoclassical and Marxist doctrines, sketch the contours of the authors’ alternative cosmology of capitalized power, identify the asymptotes – or limits – of this power and explore the all-encompassing logic of modern finance. Subsequent chapters research the connection between redistribution and cyclical crises, reassess the Marxist nexus between imperialism and financialism, rethink the oft-misunderstood role of crime and punishment in the capitalist mode of power and articulate a new theory and history of Middle-East energy conflicts. The closing chapters include two big-picture interviews, as well as riveting reflections on the authors’ own scientific clashes with the church.

4 comments:

Constructive_Feedback said...

Brother CNu:

If we look at the zipcodes where "Think Progress" / "Center For American Progress" has a dominate position via the intensity of the constituencies support for Progressive Public Policy. Over a 30 year span DO YOU BELIEVE that we could note ORGANIC COMPETENCY DEVELOPMENT in these zones that is commensurate to the amount of valuables that they people invested with the expectations of such development?

CNu said...

Not quite sure what you mean by "organic competency development" - but I suspect there's a fair sight more community gardens, permaculture, etc.., among those folk sympathetic to progressive public policy than elsewhere. I don't think anybody "invested valuables" in Think Progress with the expectation of organic competency development.

Why do you ask and what is the question's relevance to Pyke's review of IRS data on .0001 taxpaying noncompliance?

Constructive_Feedback said...

VERY MUCH SO - THIS IS RELEVANT.


I personally see LITTLE IMPACT upon THE BILLIONS CONTROLLED BY BILL GATES and WARREN BUFFET on my PERSONAL LIFE AND FINANCES.


In fact Bill Gates' products entered into the market has created 100s of thousands of IT RELATED JOBS and produced TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF ECONOMIC VALUE as companies and individuals applied this technology infrastructure around the world to enable collaboration and commerce and accounting.


GATES AND BUFFET'S WEALTH come from their STOCK OWNERSHIP.
The "Stock Values" are a representation of the perceived economic value of the corporate entity that they represent. HOW MUCH MORE "DEMOCRATIC" can you get than to have a "financial vehicle" offered into the market for people to choose its value?

CNu said...

All of what you said has no bearing whatsoever on the fact of federal tax law, the people, process, and infrastructure foundation on which these great fortunes were built, and, that Bill Gates and Warren Buffet need to recognize and comply with the same, instead of marshaling an army of accountants to shield their income from fair and proportional taxation.


In the case of Gates, it is a fact that the federal government created the Internet that enabled Windows to acquire its virtual monopoly on the PC operating system.