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The Cancer Stage of Capitalism: From Crisis to Cure

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The Cancer Stage of Capitalism is a modern classic of critical philosophy and political economy, renowned for its depth and comprehensive research. It provides a step by step diagnosis of the continuing economic collapse in the US and Europe and has had an enormous influence on new visions of economic alternatives.

John McMurtry argues that our world disorder of unending cr
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Hardcover, 392 pages
Published July 18th 2013 by Pluto Press (first published December 11th 2012)
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Rhys
Nov 14, 2014 Rhys rated it liked it
The Cancer Stage of Capitalism is an interesting book. The writing style is a little opaque – some convoluted sentences and the use of idiosyncratic terms (money-sequence, life-capacities, life-capital, etc.). But once you get the hang of his personal language, the author has some interesting things to say.

Not exactly Marxist in analysis, the author explores the ‘cancerous’ effect of capitalism on society.

This kind of summarizes his thesis:
“Yet if the pathways of metastasis are seen at all, it
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John G.
Jan 21, 2014 John G. rated it it was amazing
Honestly, one of the most important books I've read in a long, long time. It lays bare and clearly exposes or in the author's words "decodes" or "unmasks" some common market myths. If you're of a certain ilk, this book will totally validate some of your long held assumptions that always go unstated in the mainstream. His basic argument is that our economy is all based on transferring public wealth into private profit at the expense of life itself. He calls our current economic system a cancer ...more
Richard Jones
Mar 23, 2016 Richard Jones rated it liked it
Though the earnestness of McMurtry's mission is clearly established and obviously impassioned, the subject matter suffers greatly from having been laboriously expounded in an enormously difficult and frustrating writing style, with the author favoring constant repetition and all manner of idiosyncratic sentence structures and neologisms to hammer his point home. This gives the rather unfortunate impression that one is in actuality reading an undergraduate thesis, which could have benefited from ...more
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