Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism

Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism

David Harvey


"What i'm looking here's a higher figuring out of the contradictions of capital, no longer of capitalism. i would like to understand how the industrial engine of capitalism works how it does, and why it might probably stutter and stall and infrequently seem to be at the brink. I additionally are looking to convey why this monetary engine might be changed, and with what." --from the Introduction

To glossy Western society, capitalism is the air we breathe, and most of the people hardly imagine to question it, for stable or for in poor health. yet understanding what makes capitalism work--and what makes it fail--is an important to figuring out its long term future health, and the sizeable implications for the worldwide economic climate that associate with it.

In Seventeen Contradictions and the top of Capitalism, the eminent student David Harvey, writer of A short historical past of Neoliberalism, examines the inner contradictions in the move of capital that experience prompted contemporary crises. He contends that whereas the contradictions have made capitalism versatile and resilient, additionally they include the seeds of systemic disaster. a few of the contradictions are conceivable, yet a few are deadly: the tension on unending compound progress, the need to take advantage of nature to its limits, and tendency towards common alienation. Capitalism has constantly controlled to increase the outer limits via "spatial fixes," increasing the geography of the method to hide international locations and folks previously outdoor of its variety. even if it could proceed to extend is an open query, yet Harvey thinks it not going within the medium time period destiny: the bounds can't expand a lot extra, and the new monetary drawback is a harbinger of this.

David Harvey has lengthy been famous as one of many world's such a lot acute serious analysts of the worldwide capitalist procedure and the injustices that circulation from it. during this e-book, he returns to the principles of all of his paintings, dissecting and interrogating the elemental illogic of our financial system, in addition to giving us a glance at how human societies tend to evolve in a post-capitalist world.

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