Globalized Capitalism: Is There an Alternative? [B]
This course explores the nature of globalized capitalism, the credit crunch as a crisis of financialization, the rise of new economic powers, and alternatives to contemporary society's inequalities and environmental threats. The significance of 19th- and 20th-century socialism, liberalism, and anarchism are reconsidered from a 21st 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 are scrutinized and shown to have a continuing bearing on the new forms of capitalism and collectivism in the 21st century.