Globalized Capitalism: Is There an Alternative?

Term: Spring 2010

Subject Code: GHIS

Course Number: 5128

This course will explore the nature of globalized capitalism, the credit crunch as a crisis of financialisation, the rise of new economic powers and the shape of an alternative to the contemporary world's grotesque inequalities and threats to a liveable planet. The significance of nineteenth and twentieth century socialism, liberalism and anarchism will be reconsidered from a twenty-fist century standpoint. The ideas of Marx and Proudhon, Engels and Bakunin, Trotsky and Luxemburg, the Fabians and the syndicalists, Veblen and Wright Mills, Keynes and Miedner, Polanyi and Bookchin, De Beauvoir and C.L.R.James will be scrutinised and shown to have a continuing bearing on the new forms of capitalism and collectivism in the twenty first century.

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