Capital emerges when money is put into circulation in order to get more money (David Harvey, A Companion to Marx’s Capital: The Complete Edition, 2018, pg.78).

This quote from David Harvey’s book which provides very useful companion notes and analysis to help with reading Karl Marx’s Capital — is a very revealing one. The most important point is that in a capitalist economy money is invested in order to make more money — this links to what is often referred to as the profit motive. This is central to why we are seeing countries around the world, including England…

I started writing this article at the beginning of the year, before the reality of the COVID-19 global pandemic was really grasped in the UK, despite warnings, with a slow government response (see here, and here, for instance) that was also criticised by the World Health Organisation for its Social Darwinist herd immunity approach (for more on this, see here). The issues that are discussed in this article are now more relevant than ever: morality and capitalism; debt and debt forgiveness; anti-capitalist strategies and the power of mutual aid.

Morality is a concept central to debates and arguments to do…

This article has taken me a lot longer to write than I had hoped. This has been one of the toughest years for me in terms of my mental health, significantly impacting my work and even my ability to communicate. I am trying hard to do all I can to get more control over my life (as much as you can, living in a capitalist system). The despairing Tory majority election result and the related need to fight back even more through grassroots community organising, counter-power structures and dual power has only reinforced this. …

Jane Watkinson

Anti-capitalist, intersectional feminist, vegan. Interested in Marxism, social ecology, revolutionary humanism, theory/practice, sociology. She/her.

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