A User's Guide to the Crisis of Civilisation: And How to Save it

A User's Guide to the Crisis of Civilisation: And How to Save it

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by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed
     
 

Argues that the many world crises, including the financial meltdown, climate change and terrorism, are connected problems of a failing global system.See more details below

Overview

Argues that the many world crises, including the financial meltdown, climate change and terrorism, are connected problems of a failing global system.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745330549
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
10/26/2010
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements

Introduction 1

Between Danger and Hope 1

The Invisible Crisis 2

The Failure of Civil Society 3

The Struggle for Civilization 4

The Core Argument 6

Structure of Argument 8

1 Climate Catastrophe 16

A Debate Resolved? Current Climate Change is Unequivocally Anthropogenic 17

National Security Alert 33

Rapid Climate Change 36

Abrupt Change Through áTipping Points' 40

A Systemic Failure 51

2 Energy Scarcity 61

Energy and Society 61

Quick Alternatives to Conventional Oil? 79

3 Food Insecurity 94

The Global Food Empire 94

Peak Food? 98

4 Economic Instability 107

The Problem of áGrowth' 108

Global Financial Crisis 121

5 International Terrorism 138

Hydrocarbon Over-Dependence 138

Al-Qaeda and Post-Cold War Western Covert Operations 142

The áRedirection': AI-Qaeda Sponsorship in the Middle East After 2003 152

6 The Militarization Tendency 161

Empire 163

Defending the Homeland 185

7 Diagnosis - Interrogating the Global Political Economy 200

The Continuum of Crisis, and Civilizations as Complex Adaptive Systems 200

Structural and Socio-Systemic Dynamics of Capitalism 209

Neoliberal Computational Finance Capitalism 227

The Political-Legal Regulation of the Global Imperial System 236

Capitalism's Philosophical Base 239

8 Prognosis - The Post-Carbon Revolution and the Renewal of Civilization 248

Afterword 258

Notes and References 259

Index 292

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