The Capitalism Papers

The Capitalism Papers

Fatal Flaws of An Obsolete System

eBook - 2013
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In the vein of his bestseller, Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, nationally recognized social critic Jerry Mander researches, discusses, and exposes the momentous and unsolvable environmental and social problems of capitalism. Mander argues that capitalism is no longer a viable system: 'What may have worked in 1900 is calamitous in 2010. ' Capitalism, utterly dependent on never-ending economic growth, is an impossible absurdity on a finite planet with limited resources. Climate change, together with global food, water, and resource shortages, is only the start. Mander draws attention to capitalism's obsessive need to dominate and undermine democracy, as well as to diminish social and economic equity. Designed to operate free of morality, the system promotes permanent war as a key economic strategy. Worst of all, the problems of capitalism are intrinsic to the form. Many organizations are already anticipating the breakdown of the system and are working to define new hierarchies of democratic values that respect the carrying capacities of the planet.
Publisher: [United States] : Counterpoint : Made available through hoopla, 2013
ISBN: 9781619022188
1619022184
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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Aug 22, 2013

While I don't agree with the bipolar and false assumptions that there are ONLY two systems, either capitalism or communism, the author does make some excellent points, although historically I would disagree with the notion that capitalism was ever successful (although pockets of free enterprise have been innovative, big business typically destroys free enterprise as capitalism is always a march towards ultra-monopoly).

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