Are wages set by markets or power?
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About Ed Walker
Notre Dame undergrad (math); JD, Indiana University at Bloomington; 1st Lieutenant, US Army.; private practice in corporate and securities law; Assistant AG in Tennessee for consumer protection and securities; Blue Sky Securities Commissioner, Tennessee; private practice, bankruptcy and corporate law.
I have had a lifelong interest in economics. For most of my career, that interest was practical, focused on the problems in front of me. Lately I have been more interested in economics as a theory, especially its impact on the lives of people like those I met in my bankruptcy practice, and on the politics of money in the US. I also enjoy reading philosophers, starting in college and steadily expanding my reading ever since. I wrote at FireDogLake for a number of years.
Generally, I think the problem facing the US is the dominance of neoliberal discourse. I think it clouds the vision, and limits the kinds of problems that can be identified and solved. For example, the existence and danger of climate change can easily be identified in a scientific discussion. However, the problem does not fit the neoliberal discourse because science insists that the pursuit of individual and corporate self-interest will lead to devastation. In neoliberal discourse, the pursuit of self-interest always leads to Eden.
The neoliberal project has two prongs. One is the police function of crushing dissent and alternative views. The police function is provided by government agencies and private and institutional actors. The counterpart is the economic system , which is operated by government and by private and institutional actors. Some of these actors operate in both spheres. I focus on the second prong.
Entries by Ed Walker
Criticizing capitalism is slowly becoming fashionable. Marxists have been doing it forever.
How long will the majority consent to be governed by the minority?
Marx gave us tools to think about capitalism. Movement Conservatives gave us neoliberalism. Marx is still relevant. Conservatives aren’t
The Cultural Elites benefit from neoliberalism. Of course they don’t oppose it.
No one is responsible for the results of their actions on society. They just work here.
Symbolic workers in the entertainment field do a great job of reproducing the class structure and cheerleading for capitalism.
The Great Celebration of liberals coming to love capitalism has ugly consequences.
The production of culture is largely under the control of corporations and institutions. Brain workers do not control their own production.
How big is the bezzle? Economists don’t want to know.