Cancer Stage of Capitalism available in Hardcover
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In this bold new look at the recent uncontrolled spread of global capitalism, John McMurtry, professor of philosophy at the University of Guelph, develops the metaphor of modern capitalism as a cancer. Its invasive growth, he argues, threatens to break down our society's immune system andif not soon restrainedcould reverse all the progress that has been made toward social equity and stability. On every continent, in every state, there are indicators of profound economic and environmental collapse. From the lands of indigenous communities to the currency markets of Asia, from the ocean floors to the ozone layer, the collapse is all-encompassing and deep-reaching. John McMurtry traces the causes of this global disorder back to the mutating assumptions of market theory that now govern the world’s economy. He diagnoses the malaise as a pathologist would a biological cancer, tracking the delinked circuits of the global system’s monetised growth as a carcinogenic disorder at the social level of life-organization. In the wide-lensed tradition of Adam Smith, Marx and Keynes, McMurtry cuts across academic disciplines and boundaries to penetrate the inner logic of the system’s problems. Far from pessimistic, he argues that the way out of the global crisis is to be found in an evolving substructure of history which provides a common ground of resolution across ethnic and national divisions. Reaching beyond conventional textbooks, this fascinating study offers a new paradigm which is accessible to intelligent citizens the world over.
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About the Author
John McMurtry is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Guelph and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is the author of the multi-volume Philosophy and World Problems, written for the UNESCO Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, Value Wars (Pluto Press, 2002) and Unequal Freedoms: The Global Market as an Ethical System (1998).
Table of Contents
1.The Ancient Taboo
2. The Pathologisation of the Market Model
3. The Social Immune System and the Cancer Stage of Capitalism
4. The Life Code versus the Money code: The paradigm Shift
5. The Great Vehicle of the Civil Commons
What People are Saying About This
The Cancer Stage is not a metaphor but a rigorous description of where we are. Deeply learned, relentlessly logical and corrosively liberating, McMurtry is an unconventional, idol-smashing philosopher imbued with passion and urgency; a dangerous man. Every word resonates.
( Susan George, author of The Debt Boomerang (Pluto) and A Fate Worse than Debt )