Emprender, profecía del paraíso terrenal en tiempos del capital


Tiempos Críticos

El emprendimiento ha sido siempre un tema controversial dentro de la economía. Una cantidad importante de autores ha escrito sobre ellos. Lamentablemente dentro del pensamiento crítico no hay una referencia significativa sobre el tema.El contenido de este trabajo es una recapitulación sencilla de una ponencia realizada por el autor en el 3er Seminario de Economía Marxista (UNAM-UCA 2015).

Actualmente hay disponibles a la mano de cualquier interesado, temas de money management, personal finance y un sinfín de materiales relacionados a realizar un “negocio” u empresa exitosa desde cero, crear un emporio de la nada; el ser emprendedor.

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Tiempos Críticos

A. Sebastián Hdez. Solorza y Alan A. Deytha Mon

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Anteriormente hemos criticado la explicación que presenta Rolando Astarita del plusvalor extraordinario. Este autor ha respondido a nuestra crítica[1], razón por la cual respondemos una vez más.

Consideramos que la postura de Astarita es errónea y es relevante volver a criticarla porque como múltiples marxistas aprenden de sus trabajos estarían aprendiendo algo errado. Buscamos convencer a los marxistas, a través de la teoría de Marx, que el consenso actual sobre la plusvalía extraordinaria (la tesis de las transferencias como Astarita la llama) es correcto y para ello presentamos nuestra postura, que la sustenta.

Primero mostraremos que la postura de Astarita es incompleta. A continuación explicaremos porqué la postura de este autor es incorrecta. Después expondremos nuestra postura y la evidencia textual que la sustenta. Finalmente analizaremos la evidencia textual que usa Astarita.

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The Greek referendum and the tasks of the Left


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The Greek referendum and the tasks of the Left


For six months, after its January 2015 election victory, the SYRIZA government began negotiations with the EU. In these negotiations SYRIZA was confronted with the stubborn and increasing intransigence of EU and its companion institutions (the ECB and the IMF). SYRIZA very soon accepted the logic and the structure of the troika program; that is the Economic Adjustment Program for Greece popularly called the Memorandum. It simply tried to modify it by making it less front-loaded (i.e. delaying the implementation of reductions in pensions and hidden wage cuts, reducing fiscal primary surplus targets and thus making fiscal policy less austere). It also asked for facilitating debt servicing (by rolling back debt, leveraging and ‘financial engineering’) and an increase in aid funds (through the fictitious Juncker plan) that would help to jumpstart the moribund after 6 years of austerity Greek economy. Last…

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Elecciones en Gran Bretaña: Adiós al Reino Unido / Tariq Ali


Sociología crítica

Las elecciones generales en Gran Bretaña han sido dramáticas. A nivel general porque los líderes de los tres partidos – Miliband (Laborista), Nick Clegg (liberal-demócrata) y Nigel Farage (UKIP- una derecha populista y racista)… dimitieron al día siguiente con la victoria conservadora. Y a nivel más concreto, porque el Partido Nacional Escocés acaparó prácticamente todos los escaños que le corresponden a Escocia (56 de 59), acabando con el dominio de más de un siglo del laborismo. El Partido Laborista se fundó en Escocia. Y de allí salieron los primeros líderes y tanto el Primer Ministro laborista, así como el último, salieron de Escocia. Casi siempre, la cultura de clase obrera escocesa fue mucho más radical que su equivalente inglesa.

Fueron la victoria laborista de 1945 y las reformas socialdemócratas las que hicieron de la Autonomía, dejando aparte la independencia, una abstracción. La victoria de Margaret Thatcher en 1979 fue el…

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marx portrait

To accompany the newly-published paperback edition of The Quest for a Moral Compass,  I am running a series of extracts from the book. Previous extracts were on Joshua Greene’s idea of two modes of moral thinking and on whether universalism is merely a form of Western particularism.  This extract, from Chapter 13, ‘The challenge of history’, examines Marx’s claim to be a moral thinker. You can buy The Quest for a Moral Compass in most bookshops, through Amazon or from my Pandaemonium bookstore.

From The Quest for a Moral Compass, pp 230-233, 235-238

In 1864, Karl Marx was one of a number of revolutionaries attempting to set up a Workingmen’s International Association (which eventually came to be known as the First International). He was unable to attend the first meetings in London that discussed the Association’s declaration of principles. When he finally saw the draft that…

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Is Marxism too ‘eurocentric’? A critique of postcolonial IR theory


Why Marx theory implies a internacionalist perspective?

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This is an essay originally written to discuss the charge or ‘western-centrism’ in international relations (IR) theory as a whole, though I have adapted it to address the charge against marxism in particular. I initially wrote this around October 2013.

Postcolonialism is a post-positivist theory, or critique, meaning that it rejects the idea that knowledge is static and material, and instead claims that knowledge is shaped by human consciousness and bias. It offers an assessment of world politics focused on race and the experiences of those parts of the world that have suffered colonisation and imperialism, which have been obscured in the international system and mainstream international relations (IR) theory. In this regard, postcolonialists charge IR theories with being ‘eurocentric’ or ‘western-centric’, and Marxist theory is included under this label.

Origins of ‘Western’ IR Theory

It is indeed evident that IR theory has its origins in ‘the West’. Although the ideas used in many key IR theories can be traced…

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A beginner freelancer experience


Does freelancing is a good job opportunity for freshly graduated?

In the last year I had worked as freelancer in many different sites  and clients for start performing my career form none experience.

Many sites recommend freelancing when your professional career look solid through experience, however this is not always true.

Contrary to recommendations, I had decided about half a year ago starting my career as economist and data scientist in freelancing.  Being declined for about a month to potential clients  proposals for statistical analysis, forecasting,  and other kind of analysis I supposed knew to perform, I started asking myself if I was doing correctly by taking easy jobs like answering companies questionnaires or making language translations just for improving qualifications and getting low payment.

I had never been so wrong, perseverance is what makes this job unique. With almost zero knowledge (really) about professional presentation or how attract a client to your offer I never stop putting my offers in the job postings.

I had pushed so hard myself to improve my work and getting out that “small jobs dark hole” (how I call it now) that after my first serious contract went mature enough I found the 3 rules of freelancing:

  • Effort
  • Double effort
  • Effort after more effort

But you will ask; How so much effort will may make you special between other more experienced?

The key is that it will not make any difference. You still will have less experience, that is experience is about! It will make you bring the best of yourself and discover capabilities that you thought had never see before; never be afraid of dreaming about getting that big contract that always wins a better qualified writer, designer or market researcher.

Talent is in yourself if you push yourself enough to believe it. Talk with passion about your job, feel confident about your abilities, the unique difference between that freelancer that always win big contracts and you is that they feel confident about that your feel unsure you could develop.


So the advice I could bring to you who is reading, is to never give up, you have the knowledge just effort enough to apply it.

Nothing you can do impresses me.


The Unlikely Coder

A lot of press lately has been addressing the downsides of coder culture — for example, A. facebook / google / twitter’s latest press releases revealing that less than 20% their technical workforce is female; B. Tim Evko’s discussion on battling constant community pressure toward Information Overload; and C. a recent rant on the “If I have to explain this, you’re too stupid” mentality.  These issues add up to a proliferation of barriers toward so-called “newbs” — people who want to enter the coding community.

girl computer drawing “Hey new coder! I like your enthusiasm. (Nothing you can do impresses me.)”

Coders have hiring power and  with it the ability to admit new code community members on their own terms.  Often, although there are thousands of companies with code teams, those somewhat arbitrary terms can be eerily similar: “Would I want to have beers and shoot nerf guns with this person?” (one cause of “A”), “Is this person…

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Why I am not Charlie


a paper bird

imagesThere is no “but” about what happened at Charlie Hebdo yesterday. Some people published some cartoons, and some other people killed them for it.  Words and pictures can be beautiful or vile, pleasing or enraging, inspiring or offensive; but they exist on a different plane from physical violence, whether you want to call that plane spirit or imagination or culture, and to meet them with violence is an offense against the spirit and imagination and culture that distinguish humans. Nothing mitigates this monstrosity. There will be time to analyze why the killers did it, time to parse their backgrounds, their ideologies, their beliefs, time for sociologists and psychologists to add to understanding. There will be explanations, and the explanations will be important, but explanations aren’t the same as excuses. Words don’t kill, they must not be met by killing, and they will not make the killers’ culpability go away.

To abhor what was done to the victims, though, is not…

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