Smooth…And By the Numbers 4: Christmas in July, Snowballs in Hell By S. Artesian

5 September 2013 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

“Hold on baby” –Freddie Scott

1.  This past July, the EU parliament voted to repeal the law capping bonuses and other payouts to its poor, exploited, downtrodden, huddled masses of investment bankers.  The deciding votes securing the repeal were cast by two representatives from Greece, both of whom just happened to be members of the Communist Party of Greece, the Kommounistikó Kómma Elládas (KKE).   Said the sponsor of the original legislating that had capped the bonuses, “The Stalinists were half the problem.”

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Overproduction, Overcapitalization 2 By S. Artesian

23 July 2013 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

1. Slip

The journals of the bourgeoisie–digital, analog, virtual, print–have spewed tons of ink and blizzards of one and zeros–marveling, worrying, cheering, bemoaning the latest fad in political economy: the “super-cycle” in commodity prices.

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Overproduction, Overcapitalization (1) By S. Artesian

11 July, 2013 — The Wolf ReportNonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

1. Anti-Executive Summary:  Marx’s theory of revolution is not one that correlates the improving or worsening prospects for revolutionary overthrow with improving or worsening economic conditions.  In this regard, Marx is neither a “crisis=revolution” advocate, nor a “growth=revolution” theorist.

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Pardon the Extrusion, Part 2 By S. Artesian

12 May 2013 — The Wolf Report: Non-Confidential Analysis for the non-investor

I.  Now back to our subject. Marx, concludes his Notebook VI of the Grundrisse with an extended discussion of circulation,  the impact of fixed assets, machinery, on the turnover of capital,  the impact of fixed capital on the labor process, and the impact of circulation time on the reproduction of capital.  Writes our friend Karl: Continue reading this...

A minimal program by S. Artesian

13 May 2013 The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

It’s not often that I read the articles on the class=”StrictlyAutoTagAnchor” href=”http:///tag/new-york-times/” title=”View all articles about New here”>New York Times Op-Ed page.  And I can’t remember ever recommending any such article to anyone for any reason.  But today, May 13, 2013,  I read and I recommend “How Austerity Kills” by David Stuckler and Sanjay Basau. 

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Pardon the Extrusion, Part 1 By S. Artesian

27 April 2013 — The Wolf Report: nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor
1. Marx undertakes his critique of small “c” capital prior to, during, and after his critique of big “C” Capital as an object lesson of sorts for the “Theses on Feuerbach”: Continue reading this...

Quarterly Review of Overproduction; A Fool’s Progress By S. Artesian

15 April 2013 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

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January 3, 2013 Wall Street Journal:  Potash prices down by 50% since 2009, after increasing fivefold 1999-2009.  Since 2002 global capacity has increase 30% to 64 million tons/year.  Demand in 2012 was approximately 9% below the 2007 level.

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Oh You Kid By S. Artesian

11 April 2013 — The Wolf Report – Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

Michael Heinrich has written an article in the latest Monthly Review, and you can read it here. You should read it, because I’m not going to summarize it.  Basically, Heinrich argues 1) that Marx never proved that the tendency for the rate of profit to decline is in fact a law, in that Marx’s mathematical rendering does not show that “C” must grow at a rate faster than the rate of surplus value and 2) the Marx himself, after the publication of Capital, had grave doubts about the “law.”

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Pocket Rocket Guide to Marxism By S. Artesian

26 March 2013 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

Some brief considerations on turnover, circulation, circulation time and labor time:

Capitalists imagine their mode of production as production for exchange and imagines its origins in trade, in the circulation of the commodities between producers and …..producers, between producers and consumers, producers and “circulators,” merchants. 

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Serious as a Heart Attack By S. Artesian

24 March 2013 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

Sometimes, even I have trouble believing how stupid, venal, vicious, brutal, ignorant, miserable, petty, incompetent the bourgeoisie really are.  Not often, but sometimes I have to shake my head and say “You cannot be serious.” or “You’re putting me on.”  or  “Are you out of your minds?” or “You must be kidding me.” or “You cannot make this stuff up.” or simply “Wow.”

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The Wolf Report: If it is what it is By S. Artesian

10 February 2013 — The Wolf Report


Dann wird es, was es muss


1. When the bourgeoisie aren’t, and even when they are, flogging the virtues of responsibility, accountability, attention-to-detail, hands-on-management, they’re usually in court pleading out the latest bit of irregularities, high and petty crimes, misdemeanors, and assorted felonies, with claims of amnesia (“I have no recollection…”), or dementia (“I’ m not capable of recognizing my own handwriting”). Or, they’re busy blaming irresponsible, unaccountable, subordinate rogues for violating “corporate ethics” (sic); abusing the “trust;” going “too far” thereby turning the corporate good ship Lollipop into Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge.


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The Wolf Report: Mucho Frio By S. Artesian

24 January, 2013The Wolf Report

When it gets cold like this—(‘How cold is it?’ the disembodied voice of Ed McMahon asks in my very much embodied brain)—like well below thirty degrees (Fahrenheit), and twenty nine is well below thirty when we get down in this range, I know what to do.  At least, I know what I do. 


The Wolf Report: Rocket in My Pocket Guide to Marxism, Again

20 November, class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>2012 — The Wolf Report

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1. Not for nothing does class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Marx start out his critique with the exploration of the commodity as the embodiment of the facets of value.

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The Death Agony of Anti-Imperialism, 2 Egypt, 1 By S. Artesian

17 November, 2012 — Wolf at the Door
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1.   The organization of landed property, of the landed estate, and of landed labor in class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Egypt was driven and determined by that which could not truly be appropriated as property—water.  Water and the lack thereof, regulated, so to speak, the oscillations between scarcity and abundance.  Water and the lack thereof imposed an approximate egalitarianism; a communalism among those who settled along the banks of the Nile, just as water and the lack thereof compelled a rough equality among the Bedouins, the nomads of the desert. Continue reading this...