“If we have no business with the construction of the future or with organizing it for all time, there can still be no doubt about the task confronting us at present: the ruthless criticism of the existing order, ruthless in that it will shrink neither from its own discoveries, nor from conflict with the powers that be.” — Karl Marx


Cheap oil

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Do workers create all wealth?

Consumption and consumer power

The Case of Greece

The whole world knows that Greece is a problem. But what kind? A humanitarian one? A financial one? A regulatory one? One for the euro? For Brussels? For Germany? For the Greeks? In any case, the whole world knows, desires, demands – a solution.

The following articles from the German Marxist quarterly GegenStandpunkt refuse to propose any solutions, since these problems only consist in those that inner-European imperialism causes – and not just for Greece! Instead they explain Europe’s crisis and the competition of the eurozone states with Germany at its center, which has made the Greek bankruptcy the main focus of a “common European rescue effort.” They analyze how Germany and its European project has made an example out of Greece, striving to become an economic and political superpower in and with Europe.

... is not a commodity!

“Education is not a commodity!” (poster against tuition fees)
“Water is a public good, not a commodity!” (petition
“Health is not a commodity!” (a criticism of health care privatization)
“Housing is not a commodity!” (slogan against gentrification)

Now and then, critical people get annoyed at some point because an important commodity is given a price that those who need it can no longer afford. It is certainly their mistake that they present their objections against reality as if reality itself would prohibit this high-ranking good from being made a business item. But they do notice that the purpose of making money with a good in principle excludes those who need an object from meeting their need and that this condition must be met before the exclusion is lifted. In short, they notice that the commodity form of goods is hostile to needs.

Just ask yourself: for which good would it make sense to be a commodity? Food, maybe, or maybe not? What is actually so useless and unimportant that it might be a low-key commodity?

Criticism – what’s that?

Shouldn’t criticism be constructive, helping to improve what it criticizes? Do we just want to be negative? It is not our program to contribute well-intentioned suggestions for the success of what we criticize:

These are not unfortunate side effects, “problems” that our politicians must continue to work on. The causes are also not:

All these are inevitable consequences of an economic system, the so-called free market economy, which aims at nothing as trivial as providing for human needs, but only and exclusively the accumulation of capital.

Because one cannot make this system better – on the contrary, it already functions too well! – we have no suggestions for improvement. We insist that these problems exist because of the system.