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After Capitalism (New Critical Theory)

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Liberal, democratic capitalism as the end of history? Not necessarily. After Capitalism argues that there are forces developing in the world today that might constitute a "counterproject" to the project of globalizing capitalism. At present, however, this movement lacks a coherent vision of a viable, desirable alternative. After Capitalism attempts to fill this lacuna by articulating, as a successor-system to capitalism, a model of "Economic Democracy, " an economic system that preserves the efficiency strengths of a market economy, while extending democracy to the workplace and to the structures of investment finance.

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Contradicting Margaret Thatcher's infamous statement that "there is no alternative," Schweickart (philosophy, Loyola U. of Chicago) outlines a program for restructuring an advanced industrial economy to be at once economically viable and embody democratic socialist ideals. Initially intended as a more popular formulation of the author's Against Capitalism (1993), the work has been revised to include more treatment of globalization and to have a somewhat more practical bent than its predecessor.
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David Schweickart moves beyond the familiar arguments against globalizing capitalism to contribute something absolutely necessary and long overdue--a coherent vision of a viable, desirable alternative to capitalism. He names this system Economic Democracy, a successor-system to capitalism which preserves the efficiency strengths of a market economy while extending democracy to the workplace and to the structures of investment finance. Drawing on both theoretical and empirical research, Schweickart shows how and why this model is efficient, dynamic, and superior to capitalism along a range of values.

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blindspotter, March 9, 2009 (view all comments by blindspotter)
This is really the time for big ideas like 'after capitalism', since capitalism seems to be doing its best to fail and need a successor! I've not read this yet but agree with the notion of greater efficiency from a collaborative system compared to an exploitive system. The challenge is in implementation, can it be done without waiting first for the existing economy to entirely turn to dust? Schweickart's strength is that his ideas could be implemented in geographical patches of any size, without requiring full global implementation. However this still positions exploitive and collaborative in direct competition, with the most ruthless having an unfair advantage.

So my suggestion would be to combine these ideas with a global correction for the vast inequalities of the past, present and future. This means installing a feedback loop on wealth that corrects against over-accumulation of wealth by individuals, corporates and states. This would work together with a wider understanding of wealth as dangerous when accumulated far beyond one's needs. There are different ways to achieve this but the key would be to inspire a cultural shift where excess wealth no longer gives great status. Instead status would correspond to people's capacity and practise of giving to help others.

Feedback of wealth would be sufficient to stimulate a fast and lasting economic recovery. Nothing else currently being considered as economic 'stimulus' seems sufficient. It would also create a level playing field where the values of human economic interaction are given a reality check so that socialist and capitalist models could compete fairly. Then we may see clever collaborative forms of organisation becoming more prevalent.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780742513006
Author:
Schweickart, David
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Location:
Lanham
Subject:
Democracy
Subject:
Capitalism
Subject:
Free Enterprise
Subject:
Socialism
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Democracy
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Number:
224
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
New Critical Theory (Paperback)
Series Volume:
no. <21>, etc.
Publication Date:
20020731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.06x5.98x.64 in. .73 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , David Schweickart moves beyond the familiar arguments against globalizing capitalism to contribute something absolutely necessary and long overdue--a coherent vision of a viable, desirable alternative to capitalism. He names this system Economic Democracy, a successor-system to capitalism which preserves the efficiency strengths of a market economy while extending democracy to the workplace and to the structures of investment finance. Drawing on both theoretical and empirical research, Schweickart shows how and why this model is efficient, dynamic, and superior to capitalism along a range of values.
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