Public Communication and Power: Talking Capitalism, Theory and Critique with John McMurtry

Abstract: This interview with globally distinguished Canadian philosopher and author, John McMurtry, presents dialogue discussing capitalism, asymmetrical power relations, life capital, social theory, common life interest, life value, global problems, market theology, media, values of the market and free market ideology today in relation to public education, academia, intellectual fads and the broader intellectual culture in relation to enabling public understanding of meaning-making and power, totalising market culture, climate, dispossession, health, influence, energy, labour, income, slavery, corporate welfare, neo-liberalism, the global ecosystem, and inequalities of class and power.

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Life-Value vs Money-Value: Capitalism’s Fatal Category Mistake | Prof Jeff Noonan

The 2008 financial crisis spread from Wall Street to the world almost overnight, threatening the lives and livelihoods of millions, even though its causes had nothing to do with the production and distribution of any of the basic necessities of life. Instead, the crisis erupted because the financial system had become unhinged from its real function: supplying credit to productive enterprises. Finance capital increasingly made its money from complex “derivatives,” which are not claims on a company’s profit (as shares are) but on debts packaged and sold as investments. Immense profits were made, which provided the incentive to create more derivatives, causing debts to be piled on debts, all sold with guaranteed returns. Many of these derivatives involved American mortgages. Since these were backed by a physical asset (the house), they were advertised to institutional investors as highly secure, but the models assumed that housing prices would continue to rise. As it turned out, the housing market was a bad-mortgage fuelled bubble. When it burst, the “mortgage backed securities” became worthless, and banks from Athens to Iceland collapsed. Instead of having to foot the bill for their recklessness and greed, major banks were bailed out with hundreds of billions of dollars of public money. Workers lost their jobs, housings, and savings; Wall Street bankers paid themselves bonuses for the greatest failure of the financial system since 1929.

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“150 Years After Capital: Reading Marx as Life Grounded” by Prof John McMurtry


“One basis for life and another basis for science is an a-priori lie” – Karl Marx, Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts, 1845.

Marx’s Base-Superstructure Theory (BST) has long been a major object of controversy. It is deeply embedded in a monumental corpus of system-challenging analysis while secondary interpretations are deeply conflicted and rarely reliable. In general, partial takes and opposed propagandas militate against primary-source understanding. Within the last 35 years, a sea-shift of global culture to anti-foundationalist relativism has uprooted the very idea of a common base or ground. 

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Seeding, Feeding and Weeding our Physical, Mental and Social Gardens of LIFE | WINNFM – OPERATION ROOM August 21 2018

On August 21st, 2018, I was invited on Dwyer Astaphan’s Operation Rescue Radio Talkshow on Winn FM 98.9 to discuss a wide range of issues that deal with the health of individuals and society.

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Behind Global System Collapse: The Life-Blind Structure of Economic Rationality | Prof John McMurtry

This study examines the system-deciding principle of economic rationality for its logical soundness and effects in global practice. Analysis demonstrates the fallacious structure of the underlying assumptions of homo economicus across theories and institutions, and explains how cumulative destruction of global economic, social, and ecological life systems follows from its life-blind mechanism. Higher-order concepts of life-capital, life-value efficiency, and life-good supply and demand are then defined to bring economic rationality into coherence with terrestrial and human life requirements. Read More

“Decoding the US Empire of Chaos” and “Is There a Unifying Alternative to the Empire of Chaos?” by Prof John McMurtry

Decoding the US Empire of Chaos: The Global Reversal of the Social Evolution of Humanity Reproduced from: https://www.globalresearch.ca/decoding-the-us-empire-of-chaos-the-global-reversal-of-the-social-evolution-of-humanity/5507118 The interview (transcript below)  from questions with Prof. John McMurtry was conducted for the 15thAnniversary of “Geopolitika” a journal of geopolitical and cultural analysis in Belgrade which was broadcast on Radio Belgrade by the weekly show “Silen” on… Read More

“The Productive Base as the Ground of Society and History. Marx’s Base-Superstructure Theory” by Prof John McMurtry

Reproduced from: https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-productive-base-as-the-ground-of-society-and-history-marxs-base-superstructure-theory/5623772 The Productive Base as the Ground of Society and History. Marx’s Base-Superstructure Theory By Prof. John McMurtry Global Research, December 23, 2017 Theme: Global Economy, History, Poverty & Social Inequality “One basis for life and another basis for science is an a-priori lie” –Karl Marx, Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts, 1845. Base-Superstructure Theory (BST) is… Read More

‘The Overpopulation Argument’ by Professor John McMurtry

The following are excerpts extracted from McMurtry, John. The Cancer Stage of Capitalism: From Crisis to Cure. Pluto Press. Kindle Edition that addresses ‘The Overpopulation Argument’. “The most established general argument for our parlous condition is that the global crisis is led by ‘overpopulation’ – or more precisely, ‘seven billion human beings overloading the carrying capacities of… Read More

It is time for healing!! Transitioning from a debasing petrodollar recycling dictatorship to a rebased life-capital recycling democracy

What we need to do now is heal the wounds of this life-destructive operating system at all levels, and rebase our global reserve money system on life-capital sequencing. This would help us to transition from a system where self-preservation based on petrodollar recycling supremacy or national security trumps (pardon the pun) life-capital recycling or global security. All of our trade deals and wealth management exercises and rules of engagement can now be rebased and re-coupled on building mutual understanding, mutual respect and mutual caring for all life capital – past, present and future. This would then assist us in moving from a petrodollar recycling dictatorship and catalyse the creation of a more democratic, or better yet, a meritocratic world, where the global insecurity of the world no longer exists, and the raison d’être for 1) wars, be it on drugs, cancer, obesity, and terrorism, and 2) inequality-creating wealth management strategies need never rear their ugly heads again.

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John McMurtry on Project Sanity – “Knowledge is the secret of all human advancement”

Ep 19 VIDEO PREVIEW – John McMurtry explains the immutable social imperative to flip this cancer paradigm to life-coherence and how knowledge is the secret to all human advancement. Read More