Karl Marx working on a new book

Karl Marx working on a new book
by Ari Siletz

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Mash Ghasem

Ari jan , dast marizad

by Mash Ghasem on

and many thanks for your clarifications. Looking forward to your future graphic arts on Gramsci and Althusser.

Prof. Majnon is correct , the man and women in there do make a lovely couple

CC: The advance on Marx's next book, is for the book he's writing on his relationship with his House Keeper, resulting in a child out of wedlock, to be published in the seedy british tabloid Sun. He was a revolutionary genuis ( a rather horny one), but no saint, or an angel, well maybe a Dirty Angel, but that's another story...

Ari Siletz

Mash Ghasem

by Ari Siletz on

Thanks for the references to Gramsci and Althusser.

For the reader:

"hegemony"= people adopting the values of the elite even though it goes against their own interests. An example in the case of the Tea Party, a strong belief in unregulated capitalism.

"Interpellation" = People automatically assuming they are what the elite think them to be. In the case of many conservative Muslim women in Iran, being worth half a man because the dominant clergy say so.

As far as the relevance of game theory goes, it is a mathematical tool for analyzing interactions involving competition or cooperation based on rational strategy.  The "game" could be the economy, politics, evolutionary biology, war logistics, or just Monopoly. Political and social sciences are among the diciplines which make use of this theory, including Marxists.

The famous "prisoner's dilemma" is a simple and fun example of a game theory problem where two criminals would each gain if they cooperated but end up stabbing each other in the back.




don't you just love speculation and hype

by ComraidsConcubine on

 Most haven't read his writings, but have opinions about them and there's an advance on his next one.

Mash Ghasem

Interesting graphic,

by Mash Ghasem on

If you had Antonio Gramsci , or Louis Althusser instead of Karl, they would have referred to the process of "Hegemony" or "Interpellation."

Both these concepts attempt to explain how ordinary people internalize and justify for themselves their oppression and the norms of the ruling classes. Sorry for the jargon. Not sure how game theory jumped into middle of this? cheers


Very romantic

by divaneh on

I actually think the one on the left and the one on the right are made for each other and can fall in love.

Ari Siletz

Actually, quite agree mullah-kosh

by Ari Siletz on

Observation proves our theory wrong, and we have to accept that. You may be suggesting more than that however, namely that our theory generating method is wrong altogether. Perhaps this clarifies:  I'm reluctant at this point to abandon the game theoretic approach altogether before checking to see if we've got the stakes wrong, missed some important payoffs, or were out to lunch regarding the weighting factors.

What, in your opinion, is the correct approach to the puzzle posed in the cartoon? Are we wrong to try to reach global conclusions by building up from the individual incentives of ordinary folks? Should we concentrate instead on the incentives of a few individuals with the right instinct for driving populations to fulfill  their private needs? Etc...

Jahanshah Javid


by Jahanshah Javid on

It is a crazy world, isn't it? Not Marx, no one could have predicted this mess!


This is great work

by mullah-kosh on


 This is great work, but one look at it, and I know the creator is a very liberal person deeply influenced by the large cosmopolitan (NY, DC, SF, etc) dimension of the American culture. Only these type of folks see human interests exclusively from a game theory, and in economic terms (the rational opponent approach). This is the problem with progressive, leftist American intellectuals. They are puzzled as to how people can be against their own self interests, and since they get the analysis wrong, they answer their own question wrong, and they end up providing solutions that are wrong. This is Obama's problem domestically, particularly in red states, and also his international problems with regimes like Iran.



by vildemose on


Esfand Aashena

Ari jaan NPR just dropped your resume from considerations!

by Esfand Aashena on

Everything is sacred


The irony!!!

by Bavafa on

Judging solely based on their IQ, could one distinguish one group from the other?

Good work Ari, as always.