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 his analysis 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.
- Hardback | 328 pages
- 137.2 x 215.9 x 27.9mm | 544.32g
- 01 Feb 1999
- PLUTO PRESS
- London, United Kingdom
- notes, index
"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
About John McMurtry
John McMurtry is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Guelph and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is the author of the multi-volume Philosophy and World Problems, written for the UNESCO Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, Value Wars (Pluto Press, 2002) and Unequal Freedoms: The Global Market as an Ethical System (1998).
Table of contents
1.The Ancient Taboo 2. The Pathologisation of the Market Model 3. The Social Immune System and the Cancer Stage of Capitalism 4. The Life Code versus the Money code: The paradigm Shift 5. The Great Vehicle of the Civil Commons Notes Index