Category Archives: Capitalism

Aftermath of a Crisis

The Aftermath Project provides a social and cultural analysis of the crisis, to add to the prevailing economic and financial arguments. It develops the idea that the crisis was the result of the same sources that led to the rise … Continue reading

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How the West Came to Rule: The Geopolitical Origins of Capitalism

Mainstream historical accounts of the development of capitalism describe a process which is fundamentally European – a system that was born in the mills and factories of England or under the guillotines of the French Revolution. In this groundbreaking book, … Continue reading

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Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity

This exciting new study provides an original and provocative exposé of the crisis of global capitalism in its multiple dimensions – economic, political, social, ecological, military, and cultural. Building on his earlier works on globalization, William I. Robinson discusses the … Continue reading

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Ways to Build a Liberated Society Beyond Capitalism

Thus, capitalist structures (corporations, governments, banks, schools, etc.) are not seized so much as simply abandoned. Capitalist relations are not fought so much as they are simply rejected. We stop participating in activities that support (finance, condone) the capitalist world … Continue reading

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Karl Polanyi – The Great Transformation: the Political and Economic Origins of our Time

In this classic work of economic history and social theory, Karl Polanyi analyzes the economic and social changes brought about by the “great transformation” of the Industrial Revolution. His analysis explains not only the deficiencies of the self-regulating market but … Continue reading

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Our Obsolete Market Mentality – Civilization Must Find a New Thought Pattern

Karl Polanyi: “The market mechanism moreover created the delusion of economic determinism as a general law for all human society.. To attempt to apply economic determinism to all human societies is little short of fantastic. Nothing is more obvious to … Continue reading

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The Power of Market Fundamentalism – Karl Polanyi’s Critique

What is it about free-market ideas that give them tenacious staying power in the face of such manifest failures as persistent unemployment, widening inequality, and the severe financial crises that have stressed Western economies over the past forty years? Fred … Continue reading

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Afterthoughts on Piketty’s Capital – David Harvey

Thomas Piketty has written a book called Capital that has caused quite a stir. He demolishes the widely-held view that free market capitalism spreads the wealth around and that it is the great bulwark for the defense of individual liberties … Continue reading

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Leia Piketty, mas não se esqueça de Marx – David Harvey

Reflexões sobre desigualdade do economista francês são brilhantes e oportuníssimas. Porém não conte com ele para compreender dinâmica central do sistema. Thomas Piketty escreveu um livro chamado Capital que causou uma tremenda comoção. Ele aniquila a visão, amplamente aceita, de … Continue reading

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The Precariat and Inequalities Produced by Global Capitalism

The precariat is the first mass class in history that has been systematically losing the acquired rights of citizenship – civil, cultural, political, social and economic. The precariat consists of supplicants, being forced to beg for entitlements, being sanctioned without … Continue reading

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