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The Cancer Stage of Capitalism

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In this classic work on the recent uncontrolled spread of global capitalism, Professor John McMurtry develops the model of a carcinogenic invasion of social and natural life and the social-immune response it demands.
Paperback, 328 pages
Published February 20th 1999 by Pluto Press (first published December 10th 1998)
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Aug 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book blew my mind, I couldn't put it down. Written nearly 10 years ago it's prescient in it's insights regarding the global financial system as it simply exists to drain the life force of humanity. Basically the equation of money for more money expands globally and disregards any ethical or life affirming values. It has a special resonance in our current economic landscape of financial collapse and how budget deficits are an excuse to cut off the social commons. This is a dense and academic ...more
Oct 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 wh ...more
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
Ajay Palekar
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a crucial inspiration behind my work and life. McMurtry's diagnosis of the pathologies of modern-day capitalism is deep and cutting. Moreso, McMurtry creates a conceptual framework, the outlines of a solution, and articulates the mechanisms by which real life is destroyed in this world.

This vision of global finance capitalism, isn't a rejection of everything that we have come to know and believe, but it is a panoramic, encyclopedic, and breathtakingly original take of the system.

Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone conscious
Articulate and densely descriptive, erudite and enlightening, intense and disturbing. A brilliant analysis of troubling situation. Well researched. Full of chilling reminders of our societal denial and closes with some suggestions.
“Presupposing and identifying with the value system one has been indoctrinated in day in and day out as a native member of a society creates a mental block against exposing its presuppositions and mind-sets. It is assumed as the structure of one’s own being, and so cri
Jan 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended. Published in 1999 this book is still relevant for anyone seeking to understand global corporate fascism.
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