Moderation and Revolution
This book asks how we can resolve conflict from the capitalist world view. It exposes the intellectual basis of contemporary capitalism as a logically flawed dialectic that prevents both revolutionary options in theory and also, in practice, the evolution of capitalism itself towards the revolutionary outcome outlined by Smith and Marx. As a consequence, it practices intolerance-disguised as tolerance-toward radical thinking, which explains its propensity to war and the fascistic features of its economics and politics. True revolution, on the other hand, is radically tolerant of the presence of the other and therefore nonviolent at the core.
- Hardback | 390 pages
- 157.48 x 228.6 x 30.48mm | 748.42g
- 16 Dec 2011
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
This is a daring book that one may like or not like, but represents in the clearest way capitalism's convoluted nature while explaining with extreme clarity the perverse mechanisms of its resilience. The author brilliantly holds the reader's attention through a journey in the history of ideas to come to the conclusion that moderation is the bond that keeps us socially and culturally tied, whereas revolution means individual emancipation. "Revolution" is the non-violent quest for individual freedom in a materialistic sense and in Micocci's view has nothing to do with the bureaucratic and totalitarian organization propagandized at the time of the Soviet Union. This book dispels many misconceptions and popularly held beliefs and is recommended to unprejudiced readers. - Mino Vianello, University of Rome -- Mino Vianello, University of Rome In this remorseless critique of modern ideologies, Andrea Micocci targets what he calls the metaphysics of capitalism informing them. Up-ending our normal assumptions, he argues that it is the true revolutionaries who champion individuality and toleration against the homogenizing tendencies of capitalism. This is a powerful challenge to the common sense of both the status quo and its conventional critics. -- Alex Callinicos, King's College, London Explores the socialized intellectual structure behind the main economic, political, and social actions and theories of our times. Journal of Economic Literature
About Andrea Micocci
Andrea Micocci teaches economics at the University of Malta Link Campus, Rome, and International Economic Policies at the Facolta di Studi Politici e per l'Alta Formazione Europea e Mediterranea Jean Monnet of Seconda Universita of Naples, San Leucio (CS), Italy.
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Chapter 1. Individual, State, Community Chapter 3 Chapter 2. Contradiction, Mediation, Opposition Chapter 4 Chapter 3. Capitalism, Politics and Political Theories Chapter 5 Chapter 4. The Pretended Variety of Economic Ideas Chapter 6 Chapter 5. Classical Liberalism Chapter 7 Chapter 6. Economic Liberalism Chapter 8 Chapter 7. Utopian Socialisms and Russian Nihilism Chapter 9 Chapter 8. Marx Chapter 10 Chapter 9. Marxisms. Leninism and Stalinism, Trotzkysm Chapter 11 Chapter 10. Anarchism Chapter 12 Chapter 11. Revisions of Marxism, Fall of the Totalitarian "Socialist" Regimes Chapter 13 Chapter 12. Democratic Theories, Conservatism Chapter 14 Chapter 13. Christian Ideas of Social Reform Chapter 15 Chapter 14. Nationalism, Racism Chapter 16 Chapter 15. Imperialism, Theories of Underdevelopment Chapter 17 Chapter 16. Fascisms Chapter 18 Chapter 17. Communitarianism and Neoliberalism Chapter 19 Chapter 18. New Ideas or New Movements? Chapter 20 Chapter 19. Terrorism Chapter 21 Chapter 20. Moderation against Revolution, Tolerance