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Why didn't Socialism have Over-production Crises?
02 July, 2018, Prabhat Patnaik
The period after 2008 has witnessed prolonged overproduction crisis which was not seen in the old socialist economies. A market driven capitalist economy that has its foundations on the principle of antagonism is the source of this glut.
Commoditization and the Public Sphere
02 April, 2018, Prabhat Patnaik
The distinction between the sphere of market and the sphere of public discourse remains central to liberalism. But under capitalism, the public sphere becomes untenable due its “spontaneous” destruction by the markets’ immanent tendency towards commoditization, as we are witnessing everywhere today. In such a world, a fight towards democracy is itself a means of advancing the struggle for socialism.
Technological Change and Impoverishment
19 March, 2018, Prabhat Patnaik
Socio-economic effects of technological change depend upon the property relations within the system they occur. While in socialism higher labour productivity can improve the conditions of workers, in capitalism, the same has lead to growing relative labour reserves, and hence impoverishment.
The Problem with the Indian Left
27 December, 2017, Prabhat Patnaik
The current problem with the Indian Left, and in this term I include all sections of the Left, from the so-called "parliamentary Left" to the so-called "revolutionary Left", is in my view, its lack of appreciation of the dialectics between "reform" and "revolution".
Evolution of India as a Nation
06 March, 2017, Sitaram Yechury
This piece is the author's deliberations made in the Opening Session, "The Idea of the Nation" of the day-long Seminar on "Interpreting the World to Change It", held on February 11, 2017, in New Delhi to mark the release of Festschrift for Prabhat Patnaik.
Capitalism and the Oppressed Castes
29 April, 2016, Prabhat Patnaik
The development of capitalism in any society brings about a complete transformation in the way we look at all social questions including the question of caste oppression.
Call for Papers for International conference on: Cooperatives in Transition in the Era of Globalisation
06 March, 2013,
Cooperatives were the earliest form of organisation of working people in the world. Over the years, they exemplified the importance of worker cooperation and underlined the potential of organisation, solidarity, mutual assistance and unity of action of the working class in a capitalist society.
Protest in the Age of Crises
02 November, 2011, C.P. Chandrasekhar
If the Occupy Wall Street movement is to acquire strength to actually confront the might of finance capital and the state it controls, it must find greater cohesion, with an organisational structure and a programme that goes beyond anger against the capitalist system and the condition to which it has reduced the majority.
Socialist and/or Feminist?
11 April, 2011, Jayati Ghosh
Across countries, socialist feminists face a dual struggle: the need to address and confront the unjust economic order that is expressed in class societies, and the simultaneous need to address and confront the constantly regenerated patterns of gender inequality and subordination.
What is Right with the CPI (M)
07 September, 2010, Prabhat Patnaik
Although the CPI (M) has been much criticised these days, the party still continues to attract some of the finest young minds of the country. What is right with the party is that it is the only consistently anti-imperialist force in Indian politics and it believes anti-imperialism is not a fundamentalist but a modernist position.
The Choice before the Maoists
09 July, 2010, Prabhat Patnaik
The course of development of the Maoist movement indicates that conceptually they are privileging identity politics over class politics. While class politics can have room for reckoning with identity, there is no route from identity politics to class politics. Therefore, for the Maoist movement to merge into class politics it must negate itself as identity politics.
Socialism and Welfarism
27 August, 2009, Prabhat Patnaik
Unlike welfarism, Socialism consists not just in building a humane society. It is of course that; but it is also something more. Its concern is with human freedom, with the change in the role of the people from being objects of history to being its subjects. Even though conceptually distinct, there is a dialectical connection between the two, that of contributing to the process of sharpening of class struggle - the vital reason of bourgeoisies opposition to Welfare State. In todays context in India, the stiffening of the will to resist among the people, which Welfare State measures can bring about, has to be made practically effective through the intervention of the Left.
The Left and Elections 2009
22 May, 2009, Jayati Ghosh
Undoubtedly the result of the general elections of 2009 has been a major setback for the Left Front but it can be turned into an opportunity for its revival and expansion if it draws the right lessons from this defeat and changes strategy accordingly.
The End of Neo-Liberalism
21 October, 2008, Prabhat Patnaik
The solution to the crisis that the triumph of neo-liberalism has precipitated is increasingly being seen to lie in the part-nationalization of financial institutions in the capitalist world. This represents a negation of neo-liberalism's basic premise.
The CPI(M) and the Building of Capitalism
17 January, 2008, Prabhat Patnaik
This article argues that the reaction of certain sections of the media and the younger generation to certain statements made in the West Bengal CPI(M) political circles which was read as the CPI(M) having abandoned socialism is misplaced on three counts. Their arguments do not distinguish between socialist and people's democratic revolutions; between working within a system and working not to transcend the system; and between the Party and Party-led governments. All of this point towards the complexities of the Indian revolution and require an in depth understanding of the political situation.
On The Need for Regulating Technological Change
01 February, 2003, Prabhat Patnaik
Spontaneity in the matter of technological change, which is closely linked with the ceaseless creation of new wants, militates against the realization of another basic feature of a humane society, namely the elimination of involuntary unemployment.
Market, Morals and the Media
25 July, 2002, Prabhat Patnaik
The power of the media as an institution has gone down greatly in India in the 1990s. To use 'moral capital' to acquire a more powerful role in society the media needs to display humaneness and concern for democracy in looking at the impact of issues like liberalisation' and 'globalisation'.
Imperialism and the Diffusion of Development Text of the Ansari Memorial Lecture
15 March, 2001, Prabhat Patnaik
I am acutely conscious of the great honour that has been bestowed on me in asking me to deliver the Ansari Memorial Lecture this year at the Jamia Millia Islamia. It is an honour as much because of the person being commemorated as because of the list of distinguished speakers who have preceded me in commemorating him. Dr.Ansari was a remarkable figure of the National Movement, whose qualities of head and heart have been brought to light recently through the labours of Professor Mushirul Hasan of this university. These lectures instituted in his memory have, through the care of the organisers, been able to draw some of the finest minds and have deserevedly become an important event in the academic calendar of Delhi. I recall attending one Ansari Memorial lecture, delivered by Professor Irfan Habib and presided over by Professor Nurul Hasan, which was a source of great pleasure and profit for me.

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