by Frédéric Lordon. Paperback; Ebook; Hardback. Paperback. Paperback with free ebook. $$% off. pages / June / Thomas Piketty’s thousand-page economics bestseller reduces capital to mere wealth — leaving out its political impact on social and economic (). Willing Slaves Of Capital: Spinoza And Marx On Desire [Frederic Lordon] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Why do people work for other .

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Such political questions never surface; the book never mentions any real conflict. Reviewed by Abhijeet Paul. In the 90s, teaching at Sciences Po and then researching at the CNRS, he turned his attention to economic-policy formation. Willing Slaves of Capital.

Why Piketty isn’t Marx

If we can place any reasonable hope in the Macron presidency, it is that everything is going to become very, very obvious. The banks had to be saved However justified it may have been, the scandal over the rescue of the banks in was misplaced. It is surprising loedon many people, including some who should have known better, were taken in.

The idea that emotions matter in politics is a common place.

People must be patient. Affirming an anti-capitalist sovereignty can therefore mean acknowledging the obvious presence of capital, lordin a view to defusing its attempts to assert total control. Ironically, it is when he turns historian, and suddenly switches to the ultra-long-term view, that he most clearly demonstrates his ignorance of the historical realities. In the present example, it is money itself as all other desires can be fulfilled by it.


He talks about the effects of war, and more remotely of freeeric.

Abhijeet Paul reviews Frédéric Lordon’s Willing Slaves of Capital – Critical Inquiry

No tax, not even a global tax, will ever be able to address this. Firms struggling with slow growth were tempted to expand by mergers and acquisitions, but this put them at the mercy of their profit-hungry investors. The financial crisis of and the European crisis of brought a violent resurgence of what had been suppressed. For the French elites, acceptance involved perpetual atonement for the original sin of state intervention, ideologically constituted in Anglo-Saxon eyes as their collective second nature.

Or the EU, now in the final stages of neoliberalism? The media sold Piketty as the new Marx, but did not mention his background.

To Marx, capital was something else entirely, a mode of production, a complex social relationship which, crucially, adds employment relationships to the monetary relationships of simple market economies. At the same time, Lordon has been developing an ambitious research agenda, aiming to renew and re-ground the social sciences on the basis of a Logdon materialism. He greeted the financial crisis with a four-act play in rhyming alexandrines, the bankers lorson the tragi-comedy of their subprime losses to the President of the Republic and ministers of state.

Edited by Daniel LevyMax Penskyet al. Contesting the supremacy of capital also means making it face up to its responsibility for the wrongs it has done to society.

Unfortunately, it does matter: Retrieved 10 April These lefts will be locally based, but keen to talk to and support one another.

Those divisions are all the greater because of the fredericc structures of contemporary capitalism, established by the persistent efforts of a class aware of itself and its interests; but this is something those who claim to be serious will not mention, even when they claim they are discussing the theory of capital. On a French television show in February, he refused to say whether he was a leftwing or a rightwing economist. There is also a clear risk of depoliticisation, in that events taking place over decades become minor fluctuations when seen from the perspective of millennia.


In his latest book, Imperium: The market response was a violent plunge in bank shares, upon which CECEI reversed its position, to crowing from the financial press. He is ill equipped federic tell this story. Visit New Left Review to read the article in full.

The form and intensity of this slavery are determined by the historical circumstances under which capitalism is manifested — for in practice, there are many different kinds of capitalism.

And everyone believed him. Their belated rectifications will have very little effect. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. In the first chapter, Lordon discusses the founding logic of this process: Lordon interviewed some of the main players in autumnwhen the wounds were still raw, and incorporated his findings in La Politique du capitalpublished by Odile Jacob: He may lack intellectual consistency, but you have to admire the opportunism with which he adapts to public opinion in real time, so as to please the widest possible audience.