Capitalism its Nature and its Replacement: Buddhist and Marxist Insights .

In this third decade of the 21st century, deep problems plague our world. Many people lack adequate nutrition, health care, and education, becausewhile there is enough wealth for everyone to meet these basic needsmost of it is tightly controlled by precious few. Global warming causes droughts, floods, rising sea levels, and soon the forced migrations of millions of people. In this book, philosopher Graham Priest explains why we find ourselves in this situation, defines the nature of the problems we face, and explains how we might solve and move beyond our current state. The first part of this book draws on Buddhist philosophy, Marxs analysis of capitalism, and their complementary role in explaining our present crisis and the events that led us here. In the second part of the book, Priest turns to the much harder question of how one might go about creating a more rational and humane world. Here, he draws again on Buddhist and Marxist ideas as well as some key aspects of anarchist thought. His discussion of the need for bottom-up control of production, power, ideology, and an emerging awareness of our interdependence is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of the planet and our latent capacity to care for each other.
Key Features
Explains the necessary elements of Marxist, Buddhist, and anarchist thoughtno background knowledge of political theory or Buddhism is necessary
Shows how Buddhist and Marxist notions of persons are complementary
Convincingly shows capitalisms role in creating current socio-economic problems
Provides an analysis of the corrosiveness of top-down power structures and why they should be eliminated in a post-capitalist state
Discusses capitalisms role in war, environmental degradation, and race and gender-based oppression

Authors: Graham Priest

Date: 2021

Upload Date: 9/30/2021 3:56:30 PM

Format: pdf

Pages: 270



Language: English

ISBN / ASIN: 1032049103


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