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Capitalism stands unrivalled as the economic system of our times. Since the collapse of the Soviet bloc, the world has become a stage for capital, and yet despite this dominance, capitalism is still not well-understood.

This is a guide to thinking about capitalism, both as an ideology and as an economic system. It asks: what are the central, unchanging features of capitalis
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Paperback, 202 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Longman Publishing Group
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Ben Benson
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Paul Bowles, gives a history of the development of Capitalism, essentially how from the industrial revolution, through mechanization and mass production, was it possible to pursue the idea of profit over survival. As it treks along attention is given to critics of the labor system of the 19th century and beyond as well as to people who praise the system and the benefits it is to provide. The book moves onto the post-1945 period of Capitalism and it's successes through the 1950s and 60s (for non ...more
Mark Desrosiers
Sep 13, 2007 Mark Desrosiers rated it it was amazing
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The first half tries to figure out what capitalism is, and Bowles makes it pretty clear only what it's not: "natural" or "eternal". Second half covers the recent history of capitalism in all its abundant varieties, including a frightening chapter on neoliberalism. Though he gives a fair hearing to clowns like Hayek and Friedman, it's pretty obvious he's on the side of us lefties. Concise and essential.
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An excellent overview of capitalism.
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Paul Bowles is a Professor of Economics at the University of Northern British Columbia. He has published widely on both globalisation and East Asian development, and is author of National Currencies and Globalization: Endangered Species? (2007) and Globalization and Labour in China and India (2010).
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