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Remaking Scarcity

From Capitalist Inefficiency to Economic Democracy. The Future of World Capitalism

By (author) Costas Panayotakis
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Pluto Press, London, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Sep 2011
Dimensions: w 135mm h 215mm d 20mm
Weight: 279g
ISBN-10: 0745330991
ISBN-13: 9780745330990
Barcode No: 9780745330990
Synopsis
The dominant schools of neoclassical and neoliberal economics tell us that material scarcity is an inevitable product of an insatiable human nature. Against this, Costas Panayotakis argues that scarcity is in fact a result of the social and economic processes of the capitalist system. The overriding importance of the logic of capital accumulation accounts for the fact that capitalism is not able to make a rational use of scarce resources and the productive potential at the disposal of human society. Instead, capitalism produces grotesque inequalities and unnecessary human suffering, a toxic consumerist culture that fails to satisfy, and a deepening ecological crisis. Remaking Scarcity is a powerful challenge to the current economic orthodoxy. It asserts the core principle of economic democracy, that all human beings should have an equal say over the priorities of the economic system, as the ultimate solution to scarcity and ecological crisis.

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'This is a fine book, full of thoughtful considerations on the most pressing issues facing us' -- Ted Benton, Environmental Ethics 'An excellent contribution to attempts to think beyond the current crisis of capitalism' -- Dr Benjamin Selwyn, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Sussex 'Extremely timely ... Panayotakis develops a critical approach to an issue that is central to neo-classical economics but rarely the subject of critical analysis' -- Molly Scott Cato, Reader in Green Economics, Cardiff University 'An extremely scholarly, insightful and well-argued contribution - with ecology and feminism given the attention often denied them - to this crucially important literature. Highly Recommended' -- Bertell Ollman, Department of Politics, New York University, author of Dance of the Dialectic: Steps in Marx's Method 'Combines theoretical boldness and the determination to extend Marxian theory. It deserves to be read as another impressive product of the global rethinkings of Marxism now engaged in building a Marxism for the twenty-first century' -- Richard D. Wolff, Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst