Capital & Class

A scholarly journal devoted to the analysis of global capitalism in the Marxist tradition. Coverage includes the labor, trade union and other radical movements, such as anti-racism, environmentalism and feminism. Content includes feature and survey articl

Articles from No. 97, Spring

A Definition and Criticism of Cybercommunism
Cybercommunism and capitalism If we accept the notion of egaliberte (the demand for equality--freedom that transcends any existing order) proposed by the French philosopher Etienne Balibar in the context of digital technology, it can be claimed...
Class and Capital in Peer Production
Introduction The emergence of commons-based peer production was originally described by Yochai Benkler, and many authors have pointed to the increased participatory nature of current production (see bibliography). However, most of these authors...
Cyberconflict Edge of Chaos: Cryptohierarchies and Self-Organisation in Open-Source Movement
Introduction In communities that exist at the interface between order and randomness (at the edge of chaos), conflict and crisis can act as a catalyst or a defence mechanism towards establishing governance structures or, failing that, disintegration....
Exploitation of the Self in Community-Based Software Production: Workers' Freedoms or Firm Foundations?
Introduction Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry men pursue in the world, with the world and with each other. Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paolo Freire Emblematic...
Knowledge-Based Society, Peer Production and the Common Good
The emergence of peer-to-peer production One of the main proponents of the peer-to-peer mode of production, Michel Bauwens, describes it as a form of human network-based organization, or more precisely, a distributed network that rests upon...
No Measure for Culture? Value in the New Economy
Introduction Due to their use of semi- or non-industrial modes of symbol production, the visual arts have a formally 'peripheral' position within the cultural industries (Hesmondhalgh, 2006: 13). Nevertheless, when it comes to autonomy, the arts...
Parallel Visions of Peer Production
This special issue engages with the work of academics and practitioners working in the areas of new media, politics, the global political economy, business, international copyright law, information technology and computer science, digital media, sociology...
The Current Crisis and the Response of Socialists
The crisis of global capitalism, which started as an apparently financial crisis from summer 2007, has since summer 2008 become a manifest crisis of 'the real economy', of productive and commercial capital. At the time of writing, in November 2008,...
The Ethical Economy: Towards a Post-Capitalist Theory of Value
In recent years, what Yochlai Benkler (2006) and many others have called 'social production' has been established as a powerful social and economic fact. Although most material production follows the monetary logic of a still hegemonic capitalist economy,...
The Hacker Movement as a Continuation of Labour Struggle
Introduction In this article, we propose that the history of labour struggle is continued in the hacker movement--for example, in the case of employees who crash their employers' computer equipment. Framing the discussion in this way highlights...
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