The Capitalism Papers: Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System

By Jerry Mander

In the vein of his bestseller, Four Arguments for the removal of Television, nationally well-known social critic Jerry Mander researches, discusses, and exposes the momentous and unsolvable environmental and social difficulties of capitalism.

Mander argues that capitalism isn't any longer a plausible procedure: “What can have labored in 1900 is calamitous in 2010.” Capitalism, completely depending on unending financial development, is an very unlikely absurdity on a finite planet with restricted assets. weather swap, including worldwide nutrients, water, and source shortages, is just the start.

Mander attracts cognizance to capitalism’s obsessive have to dominate and undermine democracy, in addition to to decrease social and monetary fairness. Designed to function freed from morality, the approach promotes everlasting struggle as a key monetary technique. Worst of all, the issues of capitalism are intrinsic to the shape. Many corporations are already waiting for the breakdown of the process and are operating to outline new hierarchies of democratic values that appreciate the wearing capacities of the planet.

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