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By David Schweickart

Publish yr note: First released in June twenty eighth 2002

Since first released in 2002, After Capitalism has provided scholars and political activists alike a coherent imaginative and prescient of a plausible and fascinating substitute to capitalism. David Schweickart calls the program monetary Democracy, a successor-system to capitalism which preserves the potency strengths of a marketplace economic system whereas extending democracy to the place of work and to the constructions of funding finance.

In the second one variation, Schweickart acknowledges that elevated globalization of businesses has created more than ever interdependent economies and the talk in regards to the desirability of entrepreneurship is escalating. the hot variation incorporates a new preface, thoroughly up to date info, reorganized chapters, and new sections at the monetary instability ofcapitalism, the present fiscal quandary, and China.

Drawing on either theoretical and empirical study, Schweickart exhibits how and why this version is effective, dynamic, and appropriate on the planet this day.

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In the 1980s, Soviet economic growth ground to a halt. The economy didn’t collapse—that would come only with the attempted capitalist restoration—but the Soviet model hit its limits. It proved unable to generate new technologies or even exploit effectively those developed in capitalist countries. People became increasingly discontented. 20) Does the collapse of the Soviet model, not only in Russia but also throughout Eastern Europe, mean that Marx has been proven wrong? Elementary logic says no, unless it is assumed that every attempt at constructing a successor system must necessarily succeed.

18) Leaders of the capitalist West scrambled to contain this dynamic giant, whose example was proving contagious. ” A few years later the communist forces of Vietnam drove out their French colonial masters. ” By 1975, the Vietnamese had defeated the vastly more powerful Americans (who had replaced the French), and began reconstructing their economy along noncapitalist lines. -backed Somoza dictatorship in Nicaragua, and, although declining to call themselves communists, looked to Cuba and the Soviet Union for aid and inspiration.

14 Without successor-system theory it is difficult to make sense of these developments. Without successor-system theory, we see the world through the lens of the dominant ideology, which tells us that capitalism is the only game in town. We are blind to the significance of new institutional experiments that may well be pointing to a world beyond capitalism. The counterproject needs successor-system theory. To change the world, we need to act concretely, but we also need, both as a guide and inspiration to action, theoretical illumination as to what is possible.

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