Monthly Archives: July 2010

From Marx to Goldman Sachs: The Fictions of Fictitious Capital

July 30, 2010
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As published in Critique, based on a presentation given at the China Academy of Sciences, School of Marxist Studies in Beijing in November 2009, and at the Left Forum in New York City, March 20, 2010. Classical economists developed the labor theory of value to isolate economic rent, which they defined as the excess...

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China's Policy Checkmate

July 27, 2010
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Interview with Xulin Dong May 2010 DX: You have strongly advocated the use of taxation as a most effective and desirable way to prevent real-estate bubble. Now in the Chinese media there’s a good deal of discussion about the need to re-design China’s real-estate tax regime. In particular, about the merit of a US...

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Entrepreneurs: From the Near Eastern Takeoff to the Roman Collapse

July 19, 2010
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Dollar Hegemony and the Rise of China

July 12, 2010
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Hudson to Premier Wen Jaibao, March 15, 2010 Dear Premier Wen Jiabao, I write this letter to counteract some of the solutions that Western politicians are recommending for China to cope with its buildup of excess foreign-exchange reserves. Raising the renminbi’s exchange rate against the dollar will not cure the China-US payments imbalance. The...

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Latvia’s Third Option

July 8, 2010
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Neither Devaluation nor Austerity, but Tax Restructuring A shortened version was published in today’s Financial Times. As Europe’s banking crisis deepens, Greece’s and Spain’s fiscal crisis spreads throughout Europe and the US economy stalls, most discussions of how to stabilize national finances assume that only two options are available: “internal devaluation” – shrinking the...

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