By John McMurtry
- Unequal Freedoms: The Global Market as an Ethical System (1998)
- Value Wars: The Global Market Versus the Life Economy (2002)
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.
Value Wars 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. 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.
Defining the clear choices available to us, and taking apart the official line of "no alternative", Value Wars delivers not only a devastating philosophical critique of globalization, but also offers us a new economic manifesto, based on principles and human values.
About John McMurthy
John McMurtry holds a doctorate from the University of London, and is a Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Guelph. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a President’s Distinguished Professor, McMurtry is known for being engaged both in the classroom and the community. He studies the philosophies of politics, economics, education, literature, history and the environment, and his work has been published in more than 150 books and journals. Most recently, he has focused his research on the value structure of economic theory and its consequences for global civil and environmental life. His publications include The Dimensions of English, The Structure of Marx's World View, and Understanding War.