The Cancer Stage of Capitalism

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Pluto Press, 1999 - Political Science - 328 pages
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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 and--if not soon restrained--could 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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By using simple medical/viral analogy, McMurtry maps the unseen world of how money has shaped our culture into almost complete subservience. This system, inherently interlocked with the war-machine-state, seeks to copy and impose its beliefs onto every part of the planet until every resource is exploited and monetized.
Not an easy read, but take the red pill.

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The book might be very interesting for sure .. . . But I didn't have any of it's copy unfortunately . . . Afzal Jamil,



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John McMurtry is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Guelph and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His articles in philosophy, economics and politics have been published across the world, and his analyses of transnational trade and investment treaties are internationally known. His recent books include Unequal Freedoms: The Global Market as an Ethical System (1998). He is the author of the forthcoming Value Wars (Pluto Press 2002)

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