The Cancer Stage of Capitalism : And Its Cure
In this bold look at the 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. 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.
- Paperback | 328 pages
- 136 x 212 x 20mm | 498.96g
- 01 Apr 1999
- PLUTO PRESS
- London, United Kingdom
- notes, index
About John McMurtry
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)
"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. 'To compare capitalism with a disease such as cancer is a difficult task, but McMurtry does just this with a thought provoking analysis that should be embraced.' --Spectre "The cancer stage of capitalism is not a metaphor. It is a rigorous description of where we are." --Susan George 'To compare capitalism with a disease such as cancer is a difficult task, but McMurtry does just this with a thought provoking analysis that should be embraced.' --Spectre "The cancer stage of capitalism is not a metaphor. It is a rigorous description of where we are." --Susan George
Table of contents
Part 1 The collapse of the market paradigm. Part 2 The social immune system and the cancer stage of capitalism: knowing the enemy; telling health from disease; the social immune system model; the pre-cancer condition - from Marx to the welfare state; the global mutation of the capitalist system; the cancer stage of capitalism - the nature of the cancer agent; the emergent disease agent; the social and environmental life response. Part 3 The life code versus the money code. Part 4 The civil commons.