I am working through some tensions that I’ve sensed in the field of political economy; even the field of the critique of political economy. One such tension pertains to how it is that we define the quality of social value. That is, how do we understand what we value, why we value what we value, and how these determinations are formed and how they affect social relations.

For example, I value a good cup of tea. Each cup of tea has a price attached to it. But it also has a complex web of meanings attached to it. These meanings…

Austin Hayden Smidt

Political philosopher, filmmaker, actor, writer, and podcast host (@wisecrack & @owls_at_dawn & @idigthismovie) | ahsmidt@gmail.com | @austin_hayden

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