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A CasP Model of the Stock Market

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  • Bichler, Shimshon
  • Nitzan, Jonathan

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Most explanations of stock market booms and busts are based on contrasting the underlying ‘fundamental’ logic of the economy with the exogenous, non-economic factors that presumably distort it. Our paper offers a radically different model, examining the stock market not from the mechanical viewpoint of a distorted economy, but from the dialectical perspective of capitalized power. The model demonstrates that (1) the valuation of equities represents capitalized power; (2) capitalized power is dialectically intertwined with systemic fear; and (3) systemic fear and capitalized power are mediated through strategic sabotage. This triangular model, we posit, can offer a basis for examining the asymptotes, or limits, of capitalized power and the ways in which these asymptotes relate to the historical and ongoing transformation of the capitalist mode of power.

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  • Bichler, Shimshon & Nitzan, Jonathan, 2016. "A CasP Model of the Stock Market," Working Papers on Capital as Power 2016/07, Capital As Power - Toward a New Cosmology of Capitalism.
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