By David Schweickart
Publish yr note: First released in June twenty eighth 2002
Since first released in 2002, After Capitalism has provided scholars and political activists alike a coherent imaginative and prescient of a manageable and fascinating substitute to capitalism. David Schweickart calls the program fiscal Democracy, a successor-system to capitalism which preserves the potency strengths of a industry economic climate whereas extending democracy to the place of work and to the constructions of funding finance.
In the second one variation, Schweickart acknowledges that elevated globalization of businesses has created more than ever interdependent economies and the talk concerning the desirability of entrepreneurship is escalating. the recent version encompasses a new preface, thoroughly up-to-date information, reorganized chapters, and new sections at the fiscal instability ofcapitalism, the present monetary quandary, and China.
Drawing on either theoretical and empirical learn, Schweickart indicates how and why this version is effective, dynamic, and appropriate on the planet this present day.
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Counterproject theory will allow individuals who have committed themselves to contesting some specific evil to identify with the hopes and fears, accomplishments and failures of other individuals struggling against other evils. To invoke another Marxian term, it will allow us a sense of our species-being: the connection each of us has to all others. 2 Successor-System Theory In addition to illuminating the relationships among past and present emancipatory movements and among individuals committed to different aspects of what can be considered a common project, counterproject theory must also enable us to envisage, with some degree of precision, an economic order beyond capitalism.
On economic issues, the struggles are largely defensive. Reactionary forces cite “global competition” or, more recently, the need to “live within our means” as the rationale for dismantling the welfare provisions of social democracy. Workers go on strike and, sometimes with students, take to the streets to block government rollbacks of hard-won gains. We call for more regulation of those private financial institutions that have wreaked such havoc recently—but not their abolition. ” Even when activists converge to protest the policies of the WTO, International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, or G-8, their concrete demands are for debt relief, tougher environmental laws, an end to “structural adjustment policies” that bleed poor countries, stricter labor laws to block the race to the bottom, and so forth—worthy demands, to be sure, and well worth pressing, but demands that don’t contest capitalism at its root.
The successor system to be proposed entails a large advance in democracy. Citizens will have far more opportunity than they do now to discuss, debate, and decide issues of common concern. Feminist theory has been much involved with the question of preconditions for real democratic dialogue. What is the role of argument in democratic decision-making? How do we do justice to the “difference” of those with whom we engage when we talk across the borders of race, gender, class, and sexual orientation?
After Capitalism (2nd Edition) (New Critical Theory) by David Schweickart