Panel 4: Capital Today: Super-Exploitation, Profit, and Finance
- Niamh Mulcahy: 'The Aleatory Moment of Finance and the Structural Production of Contemporary Inequality'
- Ariane Hanemaayer: 'Is the Bioeconomy a Unique Mode of Production?'
- Andy Higginbottom: 'The Novelty and Significance of Salama and Tran's Interpretation of Marx's 'Transformation Problem'
The early decades of the twenty-first century have been profoundly shaped by the global financial crisis of 2008 and the recent COVID-19 recession. Yet, behind these crises are trends of global inequality that have, in Thomas Piketty’s sobering analysis in his 2014 book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, re-established is a dynastic ‘patrimonial’ capitalism. The papers in this panel offer other ways to grapple with the present moment. Niamh Mulcahy turns to Althusser’s aleatory materialism in an attempt to shed light on structures of contemporary inequality, Ariane Hanemaayer considers emergent biological forms of exchange, and Andy Higginbottom offers a new way to approach the transformation problem.
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About the Cambridge Reading Marx Seminar
Founded by Solange Manche, Louis Klee, and Joe Davidson in July 2019, the Cambridge Reading Marx Seminar is a multidisciplinary research forum based in King’s College and cooperates with the «Lectures de Marx» seminar at the École Normale Supérieure (Ulm) in Paris. The group runs a reading group style discussion circle and hosts invited speakers, creating a space for discussion of Marx’s work.