Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Department of Politics and Government: Political Science
Financialization transforms capitalism from the Lacanian “All” to the “non-All”. It can adapt to the infinite variations of class structures under capitalism because it subjects the very form of capitalist accumulation to risk through financial speculation. This variability and durability is potentially of interest to anti-capitalists who seek to avoid the pitfalls of twentieth century communism in the pursuit of an economy not based in exploitation. By investigating the relationship between Modern Monetary Theory and financialization under capitalism, new possibilities for an anti-essentialist and infinitely variable communist non-All begin to emerge.
McCarthy, Michael Brian, "Communism and Finance: The Lacanian Non-All and a Critique of Modern Monetary Theory" (2021). Theses and Dissertations. 1453.