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Subversive thought is none other than the cunning of reason when confronted with a social reality in which the poor and miserable are required to sustain the illusion of fictitious wealth. Yet, this subsidy is absolutely necessary in existing society, to prevent its implosion. The critique of political economy is a thoroughly subversive business. It rejects the appearance of economic reality as a natural thing, argues that economy has not independent existence, expounds economy as political economy, and rejects as conformist rebellion those anti-capitalist perspectives that derive their rationality from the existing conceptuality of society. Subversion focuses on human conditions. Its critical subject is society unaware of itself. This book develops Marx's critique of political economy as negative theory of society. It does not conform to the patterns of the world and demands that society rids itself of all the muck of ages and founds itself anew., The current crisis has reinvigorated the debate on the relationship between the national state and the global economy, the social nature of economy, and the possible paths towards a libertarian transformation of 21st century society. This work develops a critique of political economy as a critical social theory. It aims to decipher economic and political categories as inverted forms of social relations, analyzing the social constitution of the political economy of market freedom. The book opens by looking into a critical theory of capitalist wealth, that is: labor made abstract in the form of money. It then examines the social constitution of wealth as abstract labor before discussing capitalist world market relations and the State as the political form of global relations. It concludes with the transformation of critical reason into theological concepts of government and rebellion.This critique of political economy as a critical social theory will appeal to scholars interested in Marx and Marxism, Frankfurt School critical social and political theory, and critical political economy.
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