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By Cynthia Kaufman

ISBN-10: 0739172816

ISBN-13: 9780739172810

Getting earlier Capitalism starts with a critique of the affects of capitalism on human society and the surroundings. It seems in new methods at what capitalism is and at the way it is reproduced. That research opens the door to clean methods of taking a look at how one can problem it. Cynthia Kaufman appears to be like at a few primary questions about how capitalism involves appear like a approach that's unbeatable, and the way humans come to have wants that paintings to augment capitalism. Kaufman makes use of this research to strengthen rules approximately how you can problem capitalism. She argues that instead of searching for the fulcrum aspect in a method that may make it in a position to be overthrown, we should always attempt to comprehend what sorts of practices open extra areas for preventing the replica of capitalist methods, and what varieties of constructions have to be built to make capitalism a less significant a part of our international. Getting previous Capitalism incorporates a critique of capitalism and presentation of possible choices to capitalism, lots of which exist already. It explores techniques for constructing and strengthening these alternatives.

Cynthia Kaufman is the director of the Institute of neighborhood and Civic Engagement at De Anza collage, the place she additionally teaches philosophy.

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Throughout the world, many nationalist leaders have been killed when they tried to use the resources of their countries to benefit their people. One example is Salvador Allende, the democratically elected president of Chile, who was murdered in 1973 for trying to nationalize that country’s copper mines. These practices of violence go all the way back to the origins of capitalism in the forms of dispossession Winstanley wrote about. British writer Larry Lohman writes that the notion of freedom that we associate with capitalism is deeply distorted: During the industrial revolution in Europe, many people gained the freedom to move around and sell their labour, but lost the freedom to raise their animals on the commons.

The airwaves that belong to the public are sold to large corporations to use in ways that make the most profit but do little to serve the public good. The internet, developed by government agencies, is being colonized and partitioned for private profit. Public schools are being turned over to for-profit companies. Children are subjected to advertising in what used to be non-commercial spaces such as the classroom and school bus. 62 In all of these instances our social world is increasingly colonized by profit-making enterprises and businesses are finding new ways to create profit from the natural and social worlds.

See: Antonio Gramsci, “Philosophy, Common Sense, Language and Folklore,” in The Antonio Gramsci Reader, ed. David Forgacs (New York: New York University Press, 2000), 323–362. 7. Ellen Meiksins Wood, The Origin of Capitalism (New York: Monthly Review Press, 1999), 83. 8. Wood, The Origin of Capitalism, 83. 9. John Locke (1690), Two Treatises of Government (London: Hackett, 1990), 134 (Treatise Two, Section 34). 10. Locke, Two Treatises of Government, 125 (Treatise Two, Section 16). 11. Locke, Two Treatises of Government, 125.

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