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Answer: Those receiving death treatments aren't asked first. And one could add - the dying is not painless. Homelessness, poverty, pain, misery, and preventable sickness come first, and all in the name of 'market freedom.'
"The Cancer Stage of Capitalism" by Professor John McMurtry, Department of Philosophy, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, covers the history of "value programs" as well as the disciplinary methods which can either presuppose or expose them. (By a "value program" McMurtry means a locked set of unexamined principles which select against evidence which refutes it.) It is an anti-dote to the affectations of 'disciplinolatry,' and the global market wisdoms to which we are daily exposed. As a thoroughly knowledgeable examination of the economic and political determinants of the world system it provides a clear dissection of the root problems, causes and consequences for the world of globalization and neo-conservative policy. Its arguments are thorougly documented. (See also the companion: McMurtry, John, "The Global Market as an Ethical System," Toronto: Garamond, and Westport Connecticut: Kurmarian, 1998).
With a diagnostic kit-bag and an argument that is impossible to refute, this book is ideal for social consciousness raising! All those concerned with strengthening and maintaining their communities, (more generally their respective 'civil commons'), and with how to practically come to grips with the economic constitutions (e.g.Read more ›
In this insightful book, author John McMurty challenges the conventional wisdom. By comparing unregulated global capitalism with the uncontrolled growth of a malignant tumor, McMurty alerts us to the "life" and "death" sequences of money investment that today's market champions are unable to see.
The growth imperative has always meant that capital must find new opportunities to grow in order to sustain itself. But the author suggests that we have entered a post-Marxist era because capital investments have been almost completely de-linked from any trace of productive investment. The modern capitalist imperative is simply to create more money for idle investors by any means possible.
This growth is often enabled by predation on the publicly-held resources that the author argues represents real value, thereby diminishing the community's ability to sustain itself in the long run. Forests are clear-cut; public utilities are privatized; social programs are gutted; and so on. The net result is that the quality of life for the vast majority of the world's citizens has declined.
On the other hand, the "death sequences" of armaments, tobacco, oil, chemical, and other dangerous products reward investors with high rates of return.Read more ›
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Great insight into the human survival experience from the viewpoint of the system of capitalism and the needs of the people. Mr. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Richard Ritacco
The Cancer Stage of Capitalism is one of those rare books in which the author doesn't show his depth and breadth of acumen on a subject, but rather the dearth and shallowness of... Read morePublished on November 26, 2013 by Craigers1961
This is a very prescient book. As I write this review (May 2010) it is quite easy to consider the events of the last 18 months or so (The real estate bubble, credit default swaps,... Read morePublished on May 2, 2010 by Mark W. Anderson
Well, that's the driving spirit of capitalism well described by CARL AMERY (in his book "Global Exit") as the "Bierhefeprinzip" (The Brewer's Yeast-Principle, BYP): unremitting... Read morePublished on June 16, 2008 by Said Huber
To the gentleperson from Alaska (the state with the most to lose from Bush's environmental policy) who thinks that Communism is the only alternative to Capitalism:
* Famines... Read more