Surviving Capitalism: How We Learned to Live with the Market and Remained Almost Human (Anthem Studies in Development and Globalization)

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This book investigates the question of economic globalization - whether it is likely to lead to full convergence between political models and ways of life, or whether, even in a completely globalized world economy, there is likely to be scope for alternative solutions. In a fully globalized world, how will we survive capitalism?

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A fresh, funny and imaginative discourse on the nature of capitalism and how society has learned to cope with it.

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Capitalism is a source of social progress and as such it is inevitable. It has allowed us to leave behind our hand-to-mouth existence and given us time for recreation, for social interaction, for cultural and intellectual pursuits. But capitalism is also inhuman. It undermines our social relationships, destroys communities and traditional ways of life; it turns everything into commodities that are bought and sold in markets. In addition, capitalism streamlines our lives, making everything more and more bland, and us, the consumers, increasingly alike.
Caught between these contradictory imperatives, all successful societies have encouraged capitalism while at the same time protecting themselves against it. Every society has dealt with this conflict it its own unique way. We have our families to support us, our clubs, asssociations and churches, and we have the state to protect our rights and our welfare. These solutions are not without problems to be sure, but all in all they work. This is how we have survived capitalism.
But now these support structures seem to be weakening. Our families are falling apart, we no longer spend time in clubs and associations, churches are in decline, and our states are losing power. All the while, economic markets are growing both in size and in power. While society is becoming ever weaker, markets are becoming ever stronger. With renewed force, capitalism is tearing away at the fabric of our societies and threatening to lay waste to the lives we have made for ourselves. The situation is disturbing and the consequences far-reaching. What is going to happen to us? In a fully globalized world, how will we survive capitalism?
'Clearly and gracefully written, it presents an interesting and fertile thesis about the nature of capitalism and how different societies have learnt to cope with it.'
"John Gray, Author of Straw Dogs (Granta, 2002)"
'Surviving Capitalism presents a highly literate cost-benefit analysis of the history of capitalism...fresh, fascinating, relevant, and, yes, humane.'
"Jeff Madrick, Editor, Challenge Magazine"

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