Tim Barker is a PhD candidate at Harvard studying the history of political economy. His work has also appeared in n+1, Dissent, New Left Review, and the London Review of Books.

June 24, 2021

Analysis

Preferred Shares

Inflation, wages, and the fifty-year crisis

In one of her first statements as Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen said that the United States faced “an economic crisis that has been building for fifty years.” The formulation is intriguing but enigmatic. The last half-century is piled so high…

December 3, 2020

Reviews

Transition Theory

On Jairus Banaji’s "A Brief History of Commercial Capitalism."

Capitalism is either eternal or it isn’t. There are people who defend the first view, or something close to it—the multivolume 2014 Cambridge History of Capitalism opens in Babylonia, circa 1000 BCE—but it is much more plausible that capitalism, like…