Sonja Coquelin

The Making of Capitalism

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Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin

In their latest book, Leo Panitch (the editor of Socialist Register) and Sam Gindin take us on a journey that looks at how the US empire has established itself since the Second World War. It is a very accessible book and well worth recommending to anyone trying to unpick the underlying structures of the American state.

Economy class

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Accumulation: the motor of capitalism

We are often told that what drives capitalism is greed - the endless desire to accumulate more and more wealth. The idea that individuals are just self-interested was promoted by classical political economists such as Adam Smith. Smith attributed to humans a natural propensity to "truck and barter". This was, he argued, all part of the "economic man".

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