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The Capitalism Papers

Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System

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May 14, 2013 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 304 Pages | ISBN 9781619021587

"Refreshing and informative, these papers are a cogent rally cry and eloquent assessment of America's — and the world's — current predicament, dismal prospects, and hope for a way out." —Publishers Weekly

In the vein of his bestseller, Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, nationally recognized social critic Jerry Mander researches, discusses, and exposes the momentous and unsolvable environmental and social problems of capitalism.

Mander argues that capitalism is no longer a viable system: “What may have worked in 1900 is calamitous in 2010.” Capitalism, utterly dependent on never-ending economic growth, is an impossible absurdity on a finite planet with limited resources. Climate change, together with global food, water, and resource shortages, is only the start.

Mander draws attention to capitalism’s obsessive need to dominate and undermine democracy, as well as to diminish social and economic equity. Designed to operate free of morality, the system promotes permanent war as a key economic strategy. Worst of all, the problems of capitalism are intrinsic to the form. Many organizations are already anticipating the breakdown of the system and are working to define new hierarchies of democratic values that respect the carrying capacities of the planet.

JERRY MANDER was Founder and is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Forum on Globalization, called the patriarch of the anti-Globalization movement by the New York Times. He also spent 15 years in the advertising business as president of Freeman, Mander & Gossage, including producing the famous Sierra Club campaigns of the 1960s that saved the Grand Canyon. He has BS and MS degrees in international economics, and he lives in Northern California.

Praise

“Refreshing and informative, these papers are a cogent rally cry and eloquent assessment of America’s — and the world’s — current predicament, dismal prospects, and hope for a way out.” —Publishers Weekly

“This is a bold, much-needed book. On a subject where others are too often abstract or strident, Jerry Mander writes with a down-to-earth common-sense wisdom. I particularly like the way he weaves together his own experience in business and advertising with a large-spirited awareness of so many dimensions of the fragile planet we live on.” —Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold’s Ghost

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