This website concerns the economics of exploitation and oppression. The website has two major parts. The first, the Understanding harm page, gives an analytical overview of harm and social systems that contain harm. The second, this homepage and related pages, feature current news stories and analysis where harm is important. Orthodox economics principally looks at income obtained from production. This website looks at income or other benefit gained by harm. This is much more important than suggested by orthodox economics. There is not just a productive system; there is a productive + harmful system. The view taken in this website is that through control of a society and its key elements (economy, government, values) some people/groups in the society obtain income from others. This income is not based on production, but some form of taking away from others. This taking away is typically resisted. Thus there are two basic aspects in a social system where harm is important: obtaining income and maintaining control. This is expressed in the principal categories used in the website, which can be seen in the right column of this and every page.
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Manifold exploitations: toward an intersectional political economy Nancy Folbre Review of Social Economy August 2020 (access to full article)
The distinction between oppression and exploitation is overstated in traditional Marxian theory. Defined in terms of economic advantages gained from unfair bargaining power, exploitation can take manifold forms, characterized by intersections, overlaps, and interactions within complex hierarchical systems in which actors often find themselves in somewhat contradictory positions.
When will the U.S. stop lying to itself about global politics? Peter Beinhart New York Times January 13, 2022 (opinion)
While the U.S. says that Russia should not have a “sphere of influence” on its borders, the U.S. has maintained a sphere of influence in the Americas by force and other means since the Monroe Doctrine until today.
Russian court orders prominent human rights group to shut Ivan Nechepurenko and Andrew E. Kramer New York Times December 28, 2021
The Supreme Court ruled that Memorial International, which chronicled political repression in Russia, must be liquidated.
This tree has stood here for 500 years. Will it be sold for $17,500? Juliet Eilperin Photos and video by Salwan Georges Washington Post December 31, 2021
The worker revolt comes to a Dollar General in Connecticut Greg Jaffe Washington Post December 11, 2021
A call to a union triggers one of the most lopsided battles of the ongoing low-wage-worker revolt.
Starbucks baristas are on the verge of forming a union. The company is pushing back. Joanna Slater Washington Post November 23, 2021