This is a workshop on the Temporal Single System Interpretation (TSSI) of Marx's value theory. It was recorded in November of 2009 at the Rethinking Marxism conference in Amherst Mass. The presenters are Andrew Kliman and Alan Freeman, two of the leading figures in the TSSI. The TSSI aims to show that by viewing Marx's value theory through a temporal lens the claims by Marx's opponents that his value theory is inconsistent are refuted.
I have discussed the TSSI in my video "What Transformation Problem?". I have also posted videos of Kliman and Freeman speaking at the 2009 Left Forum and a panel on the economic crisis at the 2009 Rethinking Marxism conference.
I apologize for the sound quality of this video. The conference center had a noisy ventilation system that left a loud "whirring" on all the video. I did by best to minimize the background noise but it was hard to do so without compromising the audibility of the speakers.
We are entering a period of profound economic, political and cultural crisis. In such periods it is essential for society to have the right theoretical tools for understanding our condition and how to change it. To this end, I began making these videos in the spring of 08 in order to try to explain some rather complicated theoretical ideas which I believe to be of utmost importance to our current condition.
In times of crisis the law of value asserts itself with violence. My videos deal with the nature of value in a capitalist society, how this value is expressed, and what contradictions grow from it.
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I highly recommend David Harvey's Kapital class:
We are entering a period of profound economic, political and cultural crisis. In such periods it is essential for society to have the right theoretical tools for understanding our condition and how to change it. To this end, I began making these v...