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 crises is the predictable result of a cancerous economic system multiplying out of all control and destroying ecological, social and organic life - a process he describes as 'global ecogenocide'. In this updated edition he explains the 'social immune response' required to fight this cancer, prescribing developments akin to the Occupy movement and the 'Pink Tide' democratic social transformation occurring in Latin America.
In a global cultural orthodoxy that is increasingly hostile to life, this book shows the necessity and possibility of building a sustainable society based on a universal commitment to nature and humanity.
John McMurtry is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Guelph and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is the author of the multi-volume Philosophy and World Problems, written for the UNESCO Encyclopaedia of Life Support Systems, Value Wars (Pluto, 2002) and The Cancer Stage of Capitalism (Pluto, 2013).
1. Decoding the Cancer System and Its Resolution 2. The Ancient Taboo 3. The Pathologisation of the Free Market 4. The Social Immune System and the Cancer Stage of Capitalism 5. The Life Code versus the Money code: The Paradigm Shift 6. The Great Vehicle of the Civil Commons Notes Index