The Capitalism Papers

The Capitalism Papers

Fatal Flaws of An Obsolete System

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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 problem 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, are only the start.Mander draws attent.
Publisher: New York : Counterpoint, 2012.
ISBN: 9781619020887
1619020882
Characteristics: 1 online resource (273 p.)
Contents: Table of Contents; PART ONE: Introduction; I. Economic Succession; II. Growing Up Global; III. The Copenhagen Conundrum; PART TWO: The Fatal Flaws of Capitalism; IV. Intrinsic Amorality & Corporate Schizophrenia; V. Intrinsic Inequities of Corporate Structure; VI. Endless Growth on a Finite Planet; VII. Searching for Growth: Desperate Measures; VIII. Propensity Toward War; IX. Privatization of Democracy; X. Privatization of Consciousness; XI. Capitalism or Happiness; PART THREE: Epilogue; XII. Which Way Out?; Bibliography; Organizations; Acknowledgments;
Summary: 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 problem 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, are only the start.Mander draws attent.

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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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