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.
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About the Author
Called the the patriarch of the anti-Globalization movement by The New York Times, Jerry Mander was Founder and is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Forum on Globalization. He also spent 15 years in the advertising business as president of Freeman, Mander & Gossage, including producing the famous Sierra Club campaigns of the 1960s that saved the Grand Canyon. He has BS and MS degrees in international economics, and he lives in Northern California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I had read Manders Absence of the Sacred and Four Arguments for the Elimination of TV (a couple of times) so I got a little excited when I saw he wrote another one. For me, he didn't dissapoint. It's a clear-eyed look at the flaws of capitalism that are evident today with climate change, inequality, and our political system; all working in favor of the large scale corporate world or 'global economy'. Remember when your neighbor owned the grocery store, the hardware, gas station, etc,? One of your parents was a stay at home parent because one income could raise a family? Those days are gone and now a select few reap the benefits of our public commons. Why? Who elected these select few to benefit so greatly? Why do so few control our airwaves? Who elected them? Why do we have the choice between candidates who neither seem to benefit anyone but the corporate industry that funds them now? We have quietly moved from a democracy to a plutocracy, and getting dangerously close to fascist state as more and more of our choices are fashioned by corporate money. Mander does provide some ideas on solutions (local sustainability, etc.) but the reality is it will take radical change (one would be to shut off the noise machines) to reverse our course.