Misconceptions about Marx

In this short post, I wanted to highlight three common misconceptions about Marx. These aren't only misconceptions held by conservatives, but also by leftists. These ideas are based on other people's ideas that supplemented Marx's writing. So, they're not exactly wrong ideas in terms of how Marxism as historical force progressed, but they aren't ideas … Continue reading Misconceptions about Marx

Why Rich People don’t earn their Money

Christian Patterson2019-03-08Underground Mall One of the most common arguments I hear from pro-capitalists is that capitalists earn their money, and they deserve all of the profits they get. In this post, I'll do my best to debunk that idea. On a surface level, it's easy to think "if you made that much money, then you earned … Continue reading Why Rich People don’t earn their Money

The Activision Blizzard layoffs and the ‘Tendency of the Rate of Profit to Fall’

Christian Patterson2019-02-15Underground MallSupplemental Introduction:I posted this on reddit and got some pushback, so before the post, I wanted to clarify a few things, because the pushback was rooted in misunderstanding my approach:1. This post is through the lens of the Tendency of the Rate of Profit to Fall (TRPF) in general. Although I'm approachimg it … Continue reading The Activision Blizzard layoffs and the ‘Tendency of the Rate of Profit to Fall’

Marxist reading of the reality show Big Brother, and Social Capital

Christian Patterson2019-02-06Underground Mall Usually, the tv show Big Brother is analyzed from a psychological perspective. A lot of this analysis is focused on things like surveillance, the Stanford Prison Experiment, and Lord of the Flies. But I've never read a Marxist analysis of the show, and since Celebrity Big Brother is going on right now, I will … Continue reading Marxist reading of the reality show Big Brother, and Social Capital

The Commodification of Commodities in the Consumer Goods Sector

Christian Patterson 2019-01-24 Underground Mall One of the keys to understanding Marx is understanding commodity. It's no coincidence that Marx opens Das Kapital dissecting the idea of commodity. It's also no coincidence that anti-Marxists don't often talk about Marx's commodity analysis, and subsequently have a terrible understanding of Marxism. In this post, I'll first analyze … Continue reading The Commodification of Commodities in the Consumer Goods Sector

The Mechanical Turk and Artifical Intelligence

Christian Patterson 2019-01-10 Underground Mall I'm going to open this post with Walter Benjamin's first thesis in his Theses on the Concept of History: It is well-known that an automaton once existed, which was so constructed that it could counter any move of a chess-player with a counter-move, and thereby assure itself of victory in … Continue reading The Mechanical Turk and Artifical Intelligence

contrasting classes as social categories with Class as a historical force

Christian Patterson 2018-11-15 Underground Mall One criticism I've heard against Marxism from anarchists is that society is too complex to be able to reduce it to a proletariat / bourgeoisie dichotomy. I don't know if this is a common anarchist perspective, or just unique to some specific people. But, in some ways, they're right that … Continue reading contrasting classes as social categories with Class as a historical force