An introduction to karl marxs philosophy

Crisis theory

Unless certain countervailing possibilities are available, the growth of capital out-paces the growth of labour, so the profits of economic activity have to be shared out more thinly among capitals, i.

But it tells us just as little why crises exist today as why they did not exist before" [59] [60] [61] [62] The Post Keynesian economics debt-crisis theory of Hyman Minsky. It has existed as long as there have been exploiting and exploited classes. If the capitalists win the class struggle to push wages down and labor effort up, raising the rate of surplus valuethen a capitalist economy faces regular problems of excess producer supply and thus inadequate aggregate demand and its corollary the underconsumptionist theory.

The accumulation of capitalthe general advancement of techniques and scale of production, and the inexorable trend to oligopoly by the victors of capitalist market competition, all involve a general tendency for the degree of capital intensityi.

When countervailing tendencies are unavailable or exhausted, the system requires the destruction of capital values in order to return to profitability. Thus, according to this theory, the degree of "tuning" necessary for intervention in otherwise "perfect" market mechanisms will become more and more extreme as the time in which the capitalist order is a progressive factor in the development of productive forces recedes further and further into the past.

The interaction between the employment rate and the wage share has been mathematically formalised by the Goodwin model. A variety of theories of Monopoly Capitalism have also been propounded as attempts to explain through exogenous factors, why the tendency might not become apparently manifest in periods of capital accumulation, under various historical circumstances.

It represents an insufficient mass of surplus-value in relation to total capital. It is not the propensity to consume or subjective expectations about future profitability that is crucial for Marx.

Imperialist world war itself is precisely crisis in its highest form. Marx observed and theorised economic crisis as necessarily developing out of the contradictions arising from the dynamics of capitalist production relations. For Marx the overproduction of capital is only relative to the social productivity of labour and the existing exploitation conditions.

The tendency of the rate of profit to fall. If wages rise "too high," it hurts the rate of profitcausing a recession.

Marx and Keynesians approach and apply the concept of economic crisis in distinct and opposite ways. The underconsumption of the masses is therefore also a prerequisite condition for crises, and plays in them a role which has long been recognised.

It is the rate of exploitation and the social productivity of labour that are the key considerations and these in relation to the existing capital stock.

Thus, the theory of imperialism must be an extension of the theory of crisis. This term naturally also encompasses the study of the necessity of imperialist world war as the explosion of the contradictions peculiar to modern capitalism. On which Engels comments "the underconsumption of the masses, the restriction of the consumption of the masses to what is necessary for their maintenance and reproduction, is not a new phenomenon.

Marx called it a tautology to explain the crisis by lack of effective consumption But the subjective factors are the explanation for why purely objective factors such as the severity of a crisis, the rate of exploitationetc. All else constant, this is claimed to lead to a fall in the rate of profitwhich would slow down accumulation.

Hence creating the underlying preconditions for post-war boom. Central to the argument is the claim that, within a given business cycle, the accumulation of surplus from year to year leads to a kind of top-heaviness, in which a relatively fixed number of workers have to add profit to an ever-larger lump of investment capital.

A common example is the contrast of the oppression of the working classes in France in centuries prior to which although greater did not lead to social revolution as it did once the complete correlation of forces [36] appeared. The underconsumption of the masses is a necessary condition of all forms of society based on exploitation, consequently also of the capitalist form; but it is the capitalist form of production which first gives rise to crises.Describe the salient features of the poverty alleviation programmes.

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Karl Marx considered his crisis theory to be his most substantial theoretical achievement. He presents it in its most developed form as Law of Tendency for the Rate of Profit to Fall combined with a discussion of various counter tendencies, which may slow or modify its impact." Roman Rosdolsky observed that ‘Marx concludes by saying that.

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