From Commodities to Assets: Capital as Power and the Ontology of Finance

From Commodities to Assets: Capital as Power and the Ontology of Finance
Suaste Cherizola, Jesús. (2021). Review of Capital as Power. Vol. 2. No. 1. May. pp. 1-29. (Article - Journal; English).

Full Text Available As:
Cover Image

Download (25kB) | Preview
PDF (Full Text)

Download (186kB) | Preview
[img] HTML (Full Text)

Download (216kB)

Alternative Locations,

Abstract or Brief Description

* Winner of the 2021 RECASP Essay Prize *

Assets are a crucial concept of the practice and mindset of the capitalist class. Critical analyses of capitalism, however, tend to admit that the exchange of commodities is the foundation of the analysis of capitalism. This article takes a different approach. I claim that assets offer a solid starting point for a scientific research of capitalism. The analysis of assets allows us to elaborate a general description of economic transactions and, to that extent, it lays the groundwork for reconceptualizing the field of finance. These two issues are closely related. The answer to the question, ‘what are assets?’, will give us the coordinates to address the question: ‘what is finance?’



Publication Type

Article - Journal


assets commodities finance financialization ownership power property value


BN Law
BN Money & Finance
BN Power
BN Theory
BN Value & Price
BN Business Enterprise
BN Capital & Accumulation
BN Distribution
BN Institutions

Depositing User

Jonathan Nitzan

Date Deposited

01 May 2021 16:48

Last Modified

03 May 2021 21:10


Commentary/Response Threads

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item