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Value Wars

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 globalization", a line now adopted by corporations, politicians and the media the world over. This volume 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 privatization and deregulation of public institutions and the principles of technology, neo-classical and Marxian economics, this study lays bare the battle lines of an emerging global ethical war. Tracking social uprisings across continents from the rural landless and women's movements of the South to the workers, students and civil alliances marching in the North, the author's original "life-ground ethics" explains the unseen bonds uniting people across cultural and class divisions.
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Table of Contents

Preface PART I THE NEW WORLD ORDER Chapter 1 Inevitability and terror:the unseen pattern Chapter 2 Return of the genocidal war Chapter 3 Decoding the global market ethic PART II UNLOCKING THE INVISIBLE PRISON Chapter 4 Property, punishment and prisons: the origins of corporate absolutism Chapter 5 Understanding the new totalitarianism of the global market Chapter 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 Chapter 7 Regulating the money system for life capital Chapter 8 Preventing ecocide: making commodity cycles accountable to life standards Chapter 9 Global regulation by life standards: a rules-based international life economy for planetary survival Index

About the Author

John McMurtry is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Guelph and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His articles in philosophy, economics and politics have been published across the world, and his analyses of transnational trade and investment treaties are internationally known. His recent books are The Cancer Stage of Capitalism (Pluto Press, 1999) and Unequal Freedoms: The Global Market as an Ethical System (Garamond Press, 1998).


"When it comes to exposing, analyzing and exploding the inversions, double-speak, closed loops, half-truths and outright untruths of the mind-set which underpins today's dictatorship of global 'free' market competition, nobody does it better than McMurtry." -- John Bunzl, Founder & Director, International Simultaneous Policy Organisation (ISPO)"Makes clear...the gulf that separates the values that underlie our present global capitalism and those that are truly life-affirming." -- John B. Cobb, Jr., co-author with Herman Daly of "For the Common Good," and Professor, Claremont Graduate School"One of the most devastating critiques of the global market paradigm that has been written to date..." -- Peter McLaren, Professor, UCLA 'John McMurtry's new book is a tour de force, one of the most devastating critiques of the global market paradigm that has been written to date. McMurtry's intellect is razor sharp and his arguments are developed and exercised with a remarkable depth and precision. This book marks McMurtry as one of the most important moral philosophers of his generation.' --Peter McLaren, Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

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