After reading Michael Perelman's excellent book we see our world in different colors. The origin of market capitalism is the product of strategies pursued to take away from people the conditions for developing alternative ways to live and produce. We also discover that classical political economy has been so instrumental in guiding these strategies. The book leaves us to wonder how the same mechanisms are reproduced today. This critical question pervades the book.Massimo De Angelis, University of East London --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
It would be great if this was mandated and required reading for all business and economics students.
Of course he wasn't a modern leftist or a cultural relativist, but at the same time, he wasn't a William Graham Sumner-style Social Darwinist of the late 1800s either.
And except for a really murky last chapter on Smith and Lenin, the work stands as a solid and provocative piece of research.
It would be great if this was mandated and required reading for all business and economics students. Read morePublished 18 months ago by PaulArt
Far from being an organization of economic life that benefits all, Michael Perelman shows how capitalism is based on the deprivation and misery of large numbers of peasants who... Read morePublished 21 months ago by C. B. Churchill
not for religious fanatics adoring the magical "free market," or, where would capitalism be without the zealous intervention of governmentPublished on March 26, 2012 by Book Lover
"TheInvention of Capitalism" by Michael Perelman is a little odd. It essentially attempts to combine two books into one: on the one hand, a book proving necessity of the process of... Read morePublished on June 29, 2006 by M. A. Krul