The slogan 'Marxism is dead' was proclaimed almost immediately after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Very soon after, a strange ideological inversion occurred. In place of the 'inevitable victory of the proletariat' espoused by Marx, there was the 'inevitable process of globalisation', a line now adopted by corporations, politicians and the media the world over. *BR**BR*John McMurtry unravels the moral contradictions inherent in this 'new world order', and argues that it cannot succeed because it is based on essentially inhuman values. Connecting across a broad spectrum of issues including the Iraq and Balkan wars, the Asian and Russian meltdowns, ecological collapse, the privatisation and deregulation of public institutions, and the principles of technology, neo-classical and Marxian economics, McMurtry's compelling study lays bare the battle lines of an emerging global ethical war.
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).
Preface PART I: THE NEW WORLD ORDER 1. Inevitability and terror: The unseen pattern 2. Return of the genocidal war 3. Decoding the global market ethic PART II: UNLOCKING THE INVISIBLE PRISON 4. Property, punishment and prisons: the origins of corporate absolutism 5. Understanding the new totalitarianism of the global market 6. The master regulators of the world system: science, technology and money capital PART III: THE PARADIGM TURN: THE LIFE ECONOMY FROM WHERE WE STAND 7. Regulating the money system for life capital 8. Preventing ecocide: making commodity cycles accountable to life standards 9. Global regulation by life standards: a rules-based international life economy for planetary survival Index