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Category: Capitalism & socialism

Book review: ‘The Socialist Manifesto’ by Bhaskar Sunkara

“The title is a misnomer, because The Socialist Manifesto is not much of a manifesto. It is mostly a history of socialist movements around the world. The ‘manifesto,’ such as it is, is in the opening chapter, where Sunkara briefly describes a fictitious near-future socialist America, and in the final chapter, where he describes a political strategy for socialists to grow their movement and win influence.”

Black Markets Reveal the Power of Economic Laws

“In contrast to the common perception, socialism has been unable to kill the market economy. The market went underground and turned into a black market. Black markets existed in capitalist countries as well, but they worked underground because they dealt in illegal commodities and services. The black market under socialism served the same purpose, but the list of commodities and services included mostly items of everyday and innocent consumption that people under capitalism could easily purchase in stores.”

The Moral of the Story

Oliver Wiseman, Editor of CapX, argues: “Part of what we have done at CapX is the unfashionable work of sticking up for the world as it is. That means countering a pessimistic narrative peddled by capitalism’s opponents. It means pointing out that, beyond the alarming headlines, there has never been a better time to be alive – and that this remarkable state of affairs is thanks to, not in spite of, the innovative, liberating power of the market.”

Explainer: What Is Surveillance Capitalism and How Does It Shape Our Economy?

Want to know what ‘surveillance capitalism’ is? This article explains!
“Surveillance capitalism describes a market driven process where the commodity for sale is your personal data, and the capture and production of this data relies on mass surveillance of the internet. This activity is often carried out by companies that provide us with free online services, such as search engines (Google) and social media platforms (Facebook).”

Safeguarding Technology’s Beneficial Aspects While Preventing Its Covert Use By Surveillance Capitalists

“Shoshana Zuboff coined the term “surveillance capitalism” to describe the new way companies claim private human experience as products. [In this podcast] Shoshana joins Azeem Azhar to discuss the emergence of surveillance capitalism, its pernicious and beneficial aspects, and the future for human autonomy and agency.”

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What Lehman Brothers Tells Us About American Capitalism

” Lehman Brothers played a pivotal role in the 2008 financial crisis, but long before that it was at the center of an American economy that moved from slavery to industry to finance. In his English-language adaptation of Stefano Massini’s play The Lehman Trilogy—which just opened on London’s West End—Ben Power explores how an immigrant family’s tales of fortune and greed reveal the rot in our economic system. He talks about the play with our Economics Editor, Aaron Freedman.”

Sharing Profits and Ownership with Workers not only Make Them Happier, It Benefits the Bottom Line Too

“Near-record low unemployment has companies fumbling to find the best ways to recruit and retain workers. Our research suggests a sure-fire way to do just that: give them a real stake. By that we simply mean sharing some of the profits and even ownership with the men and women who are fundamental to their companies’ success. […] After conducting a massive, multi-year study of shared capitalism, we found that not only is it good for workers, it’s good for the bottom line too.”

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