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In Memoriam Jude Woodward

We woke to learn with terrible sadness that we have lost Jude Woodward, a comrade, a friend, and an inspiration. I worked with Jude at the GLA for eight years, which made London what it is today and served as a beacon for the transformations that are possible if we dare to dream, if we […]

Imperialism and the Decline of the North

A short slideshow on the relation between Northern decline and International Inequality

Creative labour, mental objects and the modern theory of production

I wrote this article in response to a request by Aleksandr Buzgalin to respond to his own article in Science and Society. This allowed me to develop the critical notion of ‘mental objects’. This article is the first definitive location in which I developed this idea; the more final version appears in the volume published […]

A General Theory of Value and Money (Part 1: Foundations of an Axiomatic Theory)

This article is the first systematic formulation of the theory of value in continuous time, freeing it from the prison of discrete (period) analysis in which it has been trapped since the Physiocrats.
It has a practical purpose: to equip the public to explain the four facts that define the modern capitalist economy: the long-term post-war decline of the economies of the global North, the financial instability which produced the 2008 crash, the prolonged post-war growth in inequality between the global North and the global South, and the exceptional thirty-year growth of China. To this end it employs the method of inductive pluralism: all citizens should be equipped to judge from the entire range of relevant theory, which best explains the facts of their existence.

The origins of Western hubris and the destiny of Northern exceptionalism.

Presentation to conference at Beijing Sports University. Slides in English and Chinese. Also with Radhika Desai’s slides on Developmental and Cultural Nationalism. This post also includes a video of my speech.

Evaluating the 2012 London Olympics (评估2012年伦敦奥运会)

Evaluating the 2012 London Olympics’. Presentation to conference of Beijing Sports University on ‘Thinking of Different Nations with a Philosophical view’, within the research project ‘”Silk Road Economic Belt” Educational, Scientific and Cultural Intellects Introduction Plan”, Bureau of Foreign Experts, Beijing 12 December 2019 An unexpected pleasure of this conference was to meet my counterpart […]

Hidden in Plain Sight

Commissioned blog post for The Mint Magazine, 11 December 2019. “Alan Freeman interprets the art of deft manipulation of fact used in painting an unrealistically assuring, yet remarkably convincing picture of international inequality.”

Foreword to ’The Theory of Crisis and the Great Recession in Spain’ by Juan Pablo Mateo Tomé

The importance of Juan Pablo Mateo’s rare book goes well beyond the promise of the title, because through the prism of the Spanish economy, it offers the reader an understanding of the economic malaise not just of that important European country but of Europe, and beyond Europe the industrialised world of which it is only one part. It rises to the challenge which all clamouring for a ‘Real- world’ approach poses, for economic thought.

Mexico y America Latina en el Sur Global

Invited to UNAM in the winter of 2019, I arrived in Mexico on the same day as Evo Morales. Deposed and threatened with assassination in the Bolivian coup, he escaped to Mexico with the valiant assistance of a Mexican airlines pilot who, to avoid being shot down over the airspace of hostile countries, flew him to safety on a route so circuitous that it took over 36 hours to complete. While I was there, a fake black block attack organised by the far right pillaged the University bookshop and set fire to the Chancellor’s office. Such events lent a certain edge to what would could have been a more leisurely academic exchange. These are the times we live in.

The ownership of mental objects and the concept of social modernization

In Mexico, I gave a talk on creative industries and mental objects. This post contains the main text of that talk, and an additional fragment from which the title of this post is taken; I don’t have another record of it unfortunately.

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