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Structural Crisis of Capital

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ISBN-10: 1583672087

ISBN-13: 9781583672082

Edition: 2010

Authors: Istv�n M�sz�ros, John Bellamy Foster

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In this collection of trenchant essays and interviews, Istvn Mszros, the world's preeminent Marxist philosopher and winner of the Libertador Award for Critical Though (the Bolivar Prize) for 2008, lays bare the exploitative structure of modern capitalism. He argues with great power that the world's economies are on a social and ecological precipice, and that unless we take decisive action to radically transform our societies we will find ourselves thrust headfirst into barbarism and environmental catastrophe.
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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Monthly Review Press
Publication date: 3/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 218
Size: 4.45" wide x 8.25" long x 0.60" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

István Mészáros is a world-renowned philosopher and critic. He left his native Hungary after the Soviet invasion of 1956. He is professor emeritus at the University of Sussex, where he held the chair of philosophy for fifteen years. Meszaros is author of The Challenge and Burden of Historical Time, Beyond Capital, The Power of Ideology, The Work of Sartre, and Marx's Theory of Alienation.

John Bellamy Foster is editor of Monthly Review. He is professor of sociology at the University of Oregon and author of The Ecological Revolution, The Great Financial Crisis (with Fred Magdoff), Critique of Intelligent Design (with Brett Clark and Richard York), Ecology Against Capitalism, Marx’s Ecology, and The Vulnerable Planet.

Introduction: The Substance of the Crisis
The unfolding crisis and the relevance of marx
"Confidence" and its Disappearance
A Pseudo-Hegelian Triad
The Nationalization of Capitalist Bankruptcy
U.S. Default is by No Means "Unthinkable"
The present crisis
Surprising Admissions
The Assertion of U.S. Hegemony
Industrial Advantage from Military Secrecy
Direct Trade Pressures Applied by the U.S. Legislative and Executive
The Real Debt Problem
Political Antagonism Arising from U.S. Economic Penetration
Wishful Thinking about the "Decline of the U.S. as a Hegemonic Power"
The Official View of "Healthy Expansion"
Postscript 1995: The Meaning of "Black Mondays" (and Wednesdays)
The necessity of social control
The Counterfactual Conditionals of Apologetic Ideology
Capitalism and Ecological Destruction
The Crisis of Domination
From "Repressive Tolerance" to the Liberal Advocacy of Repression
"War if the Normal Methods of Expansion Fail"
The Emergence of Chronic Unemployment
The Intensification of die Rate of Exploitation
Capital's "Correctives" and Socialist Control
Radical politics and transition to socialism: Reflections on Marx's centenary
The Meaning of Beyond Capital
Historical Conditions of the Socialist Offensive
The Need for a Theory of Transition
"Restructuring the Economy" and its Political Preconditions
The Dynamics of Postwar Developments
Alternatives to the Dominant "Economic Imperatives"
The Historical Moment of Radical Politics
Bol�var and Ch�vez: the spirit of radical determination
"Feathers Carried by the Tempest"
Ch�vez's Radical Critique of Politics in 1993
Prospects for Development
The Importance of planning and substantive equality
The "Invisible Hand" and the "Cunning of Reason"
The Long Historical Gestation of the Categories of Socialist Theory
The Key Role of Substantive Equality
A structural crisis of the system: January 2009 interview in socialist review
The tasks ahead: March 2009 Interview in debate Socialista
The Global Explosion of Capital's Structural Crisis
In Place of Neo-Keynesian Illusions: The Strategic Offensive of Anti-Systemic Forces
Monopolistic Economy and Credit Card Imperialism
The Irrationality of Capitalist "Down-Sizing" in the Age of "Monopoly-Finance Capital"
Deep-Seated Systemic Problems Call for Structural Remedies
Sectorial Interests and Class Solidarity
Labor's Historical Alternative to Capital's Social Order
A Radical Political Movement is Unthinkable Without the Creative Self-Education of its Members