Unemployment and Revolution - 1981 analysis of why unemployment occurs under capitalism. Many references to the particular conditions in Australia at the time - unemployment had reached its highest level since WW2 and there had been much debate in the media about the need for everyone to "tighten their belts" etc.
First published in August 1981 as an"Australian Political Economy
Movement" conference paper.
(Adelaide 8-9 August.1981)
Republished subsequently by the Red Eureka Movement.
Part 7 was written one year after the original document.
(A) Brief Synopsis
Part 1: What is "unemployment"?
Part 2: What "normally" causes unemployment?
The Labour Market
The Unemployment Pool
Changes in the Level of Unemployment
Part 3: What regulates unemployment?
What Do the Unemployed Actually Do?
How Unemployment Regulates Wages
Booms and Busts
Wages and Class Struggle
Arbitration and Wage Indexation
Job Creation and Destruction
Part 4: Technological unemployment
Is It Technological?
Part 5: "Cyclical" Unemployment
Anarchy of Production
Planning and Money
Are Wages Too High?
Part 6: Solutions
"Giving Fraser the Razor"
Blowing Up the Balloon
Shorter Hours and Higher Pay
Expanding the Public Sector
Labor to Power with Socialist Policies?
Economic Consequences of Statism
Part 7: Revolution
We Need a Program
Expropriating Big Business
The Struggle for Control
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