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The state is like "hi" and the people are like "hey"

Elections are central pillars of democracy. Every 3-5 years democratic states ask their subjects to cast votes on who should run the government. People on the left typically engage with this feast of nationalism and rule in one of two ways. A small minority dismisses elections as inconsequential. Others see a great opportunity to make critical voices heard. We are convinced by neither. Hence, we want to take a step back and simply ask what an election is and what it ought to accomplish for the democratic state.

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One Nation

With the One Nation campaign Labour is making its case to rule over us. In the campaign quote Ed Miliband sees that wages are so low, unemployment is so high and inequality so extreme that he fears for the unity of British society. He recognises the problems with poverty that those he addresses are facing and thus asks everyone to stick together as a nation to overcome these and any odds. At the same time, though, he touches on everything we need to know in order to come to a rather different conclusion.

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A Companion to David Harvey's Companion to Marx' Capital, Chapter 1

David Harvey is the dominant commentator on Capital in English and many Capital reading groups use his video lectures or his book – A Companion to Marx' Capital – to guide them. Capital can be a daunting book and David Harvey's commentaries have encouraged many to pick it up and work through it. This, in principle, is a valuable project as much can be learned about the world we are forced to live in from that old book.

Yet, those who read A Companion to guide them through Capital in order to learn about the capitalist mode of production will be disappointed: it neither gives an adequate account of what Marx said nor of the capitalist mode of production.

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