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Episode 2.3: Notes on the New Housing Question

Wassily Kandinsky, “Circles in a Circle,” oil on canvas, 98.7 × 95.6 cm, 1923.

Episode 3 of the Footnotes to Endnotes podcast. This episode discusses the history of housing in the United States over the course of the 20th century, and analyzes how the housing market was intimately connected to post-war “New Deal” policies. A major topic in this episode / essay is the requirement of state-managed capital to increase the individual debt load, in order to integrate them into the housing market; as well, the racial dynamics that were at play, as informed by and determinate of the housing market.

Read the essay here.

Watch on YouTube.

Thumbnail is a painting by Kandinsky.

Episode 2.2: Misery and Debt

Paul Klee, “Harmony of the Nordic Flora,” oil on plywood, 41 x 66 cm, 1927.

In this week’s episode of the podcast, join Uriah and Owen as they discuss and analyze the left-communist text “Misery and Debt,” published in 2010 by the Endnotes Collective. This is one of the most important essays in contemporary Marxian economics that has emerged after the 2008 crisis, and provides an invaluable corrective to 20th century bourgeois arguments against the tendency of the rate of profit to fall.

Learn more about important concepts like simple reproduction and expanded reproduction, surplus population, the industrial reserve army, and what it means that profit inevitably declines within the capitalist system over time.

Read the essay.

Listen on YouTube.

Episode 2.1: Crisis in the Class Relation

Altarbilder, Grupp X, nr 1. Altarbild, 1915 Olja och bladmetall på duk 237,5 × 179,5 cm HAK187 © Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk

Owen Gilbride and I have been recording a new podcast, discussing every essay in the Endnotes series. We are beginning with Endnotes no. 2 “Misery and the Value-Form” because I didn’t order no. 1.

The first episode of the podcast is out now. You can add this URL to your podcast apps. You can also watch on YouTube (don’t forget to subscribe). The essay under review can be read here.

As with everything good, we are doing this for our own edification.

The music in the show is by Owen, a prolific musician–check out more of his music here–and I am very grateful for his engineering skills.

The thumbnail shows a detail from Hilma af Klimt’s “Altarpiece,” the first in her “Group X” series of paintings. It because it seems to represent the ascension to mystical heights of knowledge that you will undergo by listening and subscribing to this podcast.

If you have any feedback, we are both all ears. Drop me a line on Twitter, or send me an email. Owen is much more difficult to contact.