Monthly Archives: May 2014

A Note on the Real Economy

  [O]ne recurrently tempting alternative has been to offer a theory of economy based on a distinction between real and artificial needs. But the concept of “real” need is itself, as Marx himself showed, twinned indissolubly with that of profit. … Continue reading

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A Perfume Called ‘The Decline of the West’

In an anecdote found in Maria Gough’s The Artist as Producer Ilya Ehrenburg remarks that such was the popularity of Oswald Spengler’s theory of the decline of European civilization in 1920s Russian intellectual circles ‘that even a fragrance called ‘Decline of the … Continue reading

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About Nature is Nothing Natural

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