Globalization and Its Discontents: The Rise of Postmodern by Boris Kagarlitsky, Roger Burbach, Orlando Nunez

By Boris Kagarlitsky, Roger Burbach, Orlando Nunez

The decisive occasion of the overdue 20th century has been the cave in of communism and the perceived triumph of capitalism. Written through authors from the 1st, former moment, and 3rd Worlds, this ebook unearths the features and flaws of the past due capitalist order. The authors discover the societal polarisation produced via globalization, the obstacle of Western ideology, and the smooth monetary underbelly of globalization which can good deliver us to an financial cave in. the point of view of this provocative publication is going past these of the conventional left and the relativist, anti-historical institution of postmodernism to provide a wholly clean view of the area order.

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These accounts tend to suggest not only that European develĀ­ opment was basically the rise to power of the bourgeoisie, but also that advanced and wealthy non-European civilizations are, in effect, cases of arrested development because, even if through no fault of their own, they never did throw off their shackles by means of b ourgeois revolution. And here, too, just as in classical political economy and its notion of 'primitive accumulation', the leap forward to 'modern' capitalism occurred because the bourgeoisie had managed, in one way or another, to accumulate sufficient wealth.

1 6 Marx is trying to explain how the accumulation of wealth was converted in the right conditions - that is, in already capitalist social conditions (in England) - from simply the unproductive profrts of usury and commerce into industrial capital. As for the origins of the capitalist S}lstel/l, the 'so-called primitive accumulation' - in Marx's terms, the expropriation of direct producers, in particular peasants - that gave rise to specifrcally capitalist social property relations and the dynamic associated with them, Marx situates it frrmly in England and in the countryside.

Brenner has been accused of neglecting the role of small and middling farmers in the rise of capitalism and of writing a history of capitalism 'from above' 4 But in his argument, it is neither landlords nor middling farmers nor, indeed, any other single class whose agency explains the rise of capitalism.

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