Privatization of Government Information as Primitive Accumulation

  • Rebecca Kunkel Rutgers Law Library


This essay examines privatization of government publishing through the lens of capital accumulation by dispossession, an updated and expanded version of Marx’s account of primitive accumulation.  It argues that the program of privatizing the governments’ information dissemination activities which began as part of the Reagan administration’s pursuit of neoliberal policies continues today albeit in altered form due to the advent of electronic publishing.

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