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The degradation of science under capitalism

Written by Adam Booth Wednesday, 26 March 2014
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quantum-thCenturies of scientific research and investigation have helped to propel society forwards and improve the lives of millions. This strength of the scientific method and its ability to discover and innovate has been so great that it has created a mystical sense of infallibility surrounding science. But, as with all other areas of society, the senility and decay of capitalism is now being reflected in the question of science also, and many are starting to worry about the reliability of research.

 

Karl Marx is the "Best Scientist of Them All"

Written by Joel Ang Friday, 24 January 2014
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marx-engels thKarl Marx has been decried by mainstream economists and news outlets as dead, irrelevant and/or outdated. A new study published by the world’s most reputed scholarly journal, Nature, once again shows that despite the hue and cry of naysayers and those who would revise history, his specter cannot be exorcised.

 

Quantum physics, dialectics and society: from Marx and Engels to Khrennikov and Haven

Written by Ben Gliniecki Wednesday, 04 December 2013
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quantum-thQuantum physics occupies a fascinating place at the cutting edge of modern scientific research. First developed in the early 20th Century, quantum theory is allowing today’s scientists to plumb new depths when it comes to matter and motion. A new book, Quantum Social Science, by Andrei Khrennikov and Emmanuel Haven argues that applying the logic of quantum theory to social systems can take our understanding of human society to a whole new level.

   

Genetically-modified food: For human need or corporate greed?

Written by Ghiselle Karim Friday, 01 November 2013
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gmo-thThe development of genetically-modified organisms (GMO) has opened up whole new possibilities for improving the nutrition of humanity.For the first time, humans are able to genetically engineer species or organisms by transferring DNA between totally different organisms, potentially allowing for food to be grown in harsher climates, for example, or for existing crops to yield more food. However, under capitalism, GMOs are being abused by large agro-corporations, such as Monsanto, to maximize shareholders’ profits at the expense of ordinary people around the world.  Instead, GMOs have reduced the safety and security of the food system for billions of people. What is a working-class approach to confronting the problems of GMOs and food security?

 

Technology, innovation, growth, and capitalism

Written by Adam Booth Wednesday, 04 September 2013
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innovation-thThe Marxist analysis of history – that is, the dialectical and materialist analysis of history – explains that the main motor force in history is the need for society to develop the productive forces: to increase our knowledge of and mastery over nature; to reduce the socially necessary labour time needed to produce and reproduce the conditions of life; to improve lifestyles and raise the standards of living.

   

The hunt for Edward Snowden and the hypocrisy of the West

Written by Niklas Albin Svensson Friday, 28 June 2013
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obama-prism-thAs Julian Assange and Bradley Manning have discovered, being a whistle-blower is not for the faint hearted. Now Edward Snowden has become the latest fugitive of US imperialism, his only crime being that he told embarrassing truths about the US government.

 

Freedom of research and the quest for freedom: The case of Nicolai Vavilov in the USSR

Written by Lorenzo Esposito and Emanuele Cullorà Wednesday, 19 June 2013
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nikolai-vavilov-thCapitalism has become an absolute fetter on the development of the productive forces. This also affects the development of science, which is geared to the profit motive. After the October 1917 Russian Revolution the arts and science experienced a short-lived period of freedom, as the Bolshevik leadership under Lenin and Trotsky understood that this was the only way of moving forward. But as the revolution, isolated in a backward country, underwent degeneration under Stalin, this also affected these recently won freedoms. The fate of Nicolai Ivanovich Vavilov, a brilliant Russian geneticist who ended up in Stalin’s gulags highlights this process.

   

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