Entries by Ed Walker

The Origins of Totalitarianism Part 4: Humanity under Totalitarianism

Previous posts in this series: The Origins of Totalitarianism Part 1: Introduction. The Origins of Totalitarianism Part 2: Antisemitism The Origins of Totalitarianism: Interlude on the Tea Party The Origins of Totalitarianism Part 3: Superfluous Capital and Superfluous People The Origins of Totalitarianism: Interlude on The Commons Capitalism Versus The Social Commons ======== Please note: […]

The Origins of Totalitarianism: Interlude on The Commons

Previous posts in this series: The Origins of Totalitarianism Part 1: Introduction. The Origins of Totalitarianism Part 2: Antisemitism The Origins of Totalitarianism: Interlude on the Tea Party The Origins of Totalitarianism Part 3: Superfluous Capital and Superfluous People In Part 3, I discussed two problems created by unrestrained capitalism, superfluous wealth and superfluous people. […]

The Origins of Totalitarianism Part 3: Superfluous Capital and Superfluous People

Previous posts in this series: The Origins of Totalitarianism Part 1: Introduction. The Origins of Totalitarianism Part 2: Antisemitism The Origins of Totalitarianism: Interlude on the Tea Party In Part 2 of The Origins of Totalitarianism Arendt discusses the history of European Imperialism, primarily focused on England, France and Germany. “Expansion is everything,” said Cecil […]

The Origins of Totalitarianism: Interlude on the Tea Party

As I noted in this post, Arendt says that the great frauds and swindles of the 1870s led to the rise of Antisemitic political parties in Germany, Austria and France. The Grimdungsschwindel in Germany and Austria involved public offerings of investments in what we would call start-ups corporations in railroads, mining, steamships, docks, and so […]

The Origins of Totalitarianism Part 2: Antisemitism

Previous posts in this series: The Origins of Totalitarianism Part 1: Introduction. In section 1 of The Origins of Totalitarianism, titled Antisemitism, Arendt describes the history of the Jews in Europe. Beginning with the rise of the nation-state in the late 18th and early 19th centuries most, Jews who were long-term residents of nation-states were […]

The Origins of Totalitarianism Part 1: Introduction

The Origins of Totalitarianism is Hannah Arendt’s analysis of the rise of totalitarian governments, the Nazis under Hitler in Germany and the Communists under Stalin in Russia. It was published in 1951, though it was largely completed in 1945. In its original form it focused primarily on Nazism, and as more detail emerged about Stalinist […]

The Great Transformation Part 9: The Rise of Fascism and Conclusion

Previous posts in this series: The Great Transformation: Mainstream Economics and an Introduction to a New Series The Great Transformation Part 1: The Market The Great Transformation Part 2: More on Markets The Great Transformation Part 3: Neoliberalism Before It Got Its New Name The Great Transformation Part 4: Reaction and Counter-Reaction To Self-Regulating Markets […]

The Great Transformation Part 8: Money as a Fictitious Commodity

Previous posts in this series: The Great Transformation: Mainstream Economics and an Introduction to a New Series The Great Transformation Part 1: The Market The Great Transformation Part 2: More on Markets The Great Transformation Part 3: Neoliberalism Before It Got Its New Name The Great Transformation Part 4: Reaction and Counter-Reaction To Self-Regulating Markets […]

The Great Transformation Part 7: Land as a Fictitious Commodity

Previous posts in this series: The Great Transformation: Mainstream Economics and an Introduction to a New Series The Great Transformation Part 1: The Market The Great Transformation Part 2: More on Markets The Great Transformation Part 3: Neoliberalism Before It Got Its New Name The Great Transformation Part 4: Reaction and Counter-Reaction To Self-Regulating Markets […]

The Costs of Equal Opportunity in a Neoliberal Economy

Eric Loomis has a nice discussion of an article in the WaPo titled “White Americans long for the 1950s, when they didn’t face so much discriination.” The article reports these findings: • 43% of all respondents said discrimination against whites is as much of a problem as discrimination against blacks and other minority groups. • […]

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