In the Absence of the Sacred: The Failure of Technology and the Survival of the Indian Nations

By Jerry Mander

In his seriously acclaimed Four Arguments for the removing of Television, writer and social critic Jerry Mander proclaimed that tv, via its basic nature, is dangerous—to own future health and sanity, to the surroundings, and to the democratic procedure. With In the Absence of the Sacred, he is going past tv to critique our technological society as a whole.
during this provocative paintings, Mander demanding situations the utopian promise of technological society and tracks its devastating effect on local cultures around the world. The Western world’s lack of a feeling of the sacred within the wildlife, he says, has led us towards international environmental catastrophe and social disorder—and worse lies forward. but types for restoring our dating with the Earth exist within the cultures of local peoples, whose values and abilities have enabled them to outlive centuries of invasion and exploitation.
Far from growing paradise in the world, expertise has as an alternative produced an unsustainable contest for assets. Mander surveys the main applied sciences shaping the “new international order”—computers, telecommunications, house exploration, genetic engineering, robotics, and the company itself—and warns that they're merging right into a international mega-technology, with dire environmental and political results.

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The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Commerce

By Deirdre N. McCloskey

For a century and a part, the artists and intellectuals of Europe have scorned the bourgeoisie. And for a millennium and a part, the philosophers and theologians of Europe have scorned undefined. The bourgeois lifestyles, capitalism, Mencken’s “booboisie” and David Brooks’s “bobos”—all were, and nonetheless are, framed as being answerable for every little thing from monetary to ethical poverty, global wars, and religious desuetude. Countering those centuries of assumptions and unexamined pondering is Deirdre McCloskey’s The Bourgeois Virtues, a magnum opus that gives an intensive view: capitalism is nice for us.

McCloskey’s sweeping, fascinating, or even funny survey of moral inspiration and monetary realities—from Plato to Barbara Ehrenreich—overturns each assumption we've approximately being bourgeois. are you able to be virtuous and bourgeois? Do markets increase ethics? Has capitalism made us larger in addition to richer? certain, sure, and certain, argues McCloskey, who takes on centuries of capitalism’s critics along with her erudition and sheer scope of information. employing a brand new culture of “virtue ethics” to our lives in sleek economies, she affirms American capitalism with no ignoring its faults and celebrates the bourgeois lives we really stay, with out supposing that they need to be lives with out moral foundations.

High Noon, Kant, invoice Murray, the trendy novel, van Gogh, and naturally economics and the financial system all come into play in a e-book which may merely be defined as a huge undertaking and a life’s paintings. The Bourgeois Virtues is not anything below a blinding reinterpretation of Western highbrow background, a dead-serious respond to the critics of capitalism—and a shocking page-turner.

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Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father--and How We Can Fix It

By David Goldhill

A visionary research that would switch the best way we predict approximately well-being care: how and why it truly is failing, why increasing insurance will really make issues worse, and the way our future health care might be remodeled right into a obvious, cheap, winning system.
In 2007, David Goldhill’s father died from infections received in a medical institution, certainly one of greater than 2 hundred thousand avoidable deaths according to 12 months as a result of scientific errors. The invoice used to be enormous—and Medicare paid it. those situations left Goldhill offended and made up our minds to appreciate how world-class know-how and group of workers may possibly coexist with such carelessness—and how a enterprise that failed so miserably may be paid in complete. Catastrophic Care is the eye-opening result.

Blending own anecdotes and large learn, Goldhill offers us with cogent, biting research that demanding situations the fundamental preconceptions that experience formed our considering for many years. Contrasting the Island of healthiness care with the Mainland of our economic system, he demonstrates that prime charges, extra medication, negative provider, and scientific blunders are the inevitable results of our insurance-based procedure. He explains why coverage efforts to mend those difficulties have constantly produced perverse effects, and the way the hot reasonable Care Act is prone to deepen than to resolve those concerns.

Goldhill steps outdoor the incremental and wonkish debates to query the normal knowledge blinding us to extra primary concerns. He proposes a accomplished new manner, the place the buyer (the sufferer) is first—a procedure excited about well-being and retaining it, a process powerful and colourful adequate for our future.

If you think that health and wellbeing care is attention-grabbing purely to institutes and politicians, re-examine: Catastrophic Care is spectacular, enticing, and brimming with insights born of questions not anyone has suggestion to invite. specially it's a e-book of latest principles which may remodel the way in which we comprehend a subject matter we frequently take for granted.

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The Second Era of Great Expansion of the Capitalist World-Economy, 1730s-1840s (The Modern World-System, Volume 3)

By Immanuel Wallerstein

Immanuel Wallerstein's hugely influential, multi-volume opus, The glossy World-System, is one in every of this century's maximum works of social technology. An cutting edge, panoramic reinterpretation of world historical past, it lines the emergence and improvement of the trendy global from the 16th to the 20 th century.

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Freaks of Fortune: The Emerging World of Capitalism and Risk in America

By Jonathan Levy

Until the early 19th century, "risk" used to be a really expert time period: it used to be the commodity exchanged in a marine coverage agreement. Freaks of Fortune tells the tale of the way the trendy proposal of chance emerged within the usa. Born at the excessive seas, possibility migrated inland and have become necessary to the monetary administration of an inherently doubtful capitalist future.

Focusing at the hopes and anxieties of standard humans, Jonathan Levy indicates how threat constructed during the notable progress of latest monetary institutions-insurance enterprises, mark downs banks, mortgage-backed securities markets, commodities futures markets, and securities markets-while posing inescapable ethical questions. For on the center of risk's upward push used to be a brand new imaginative and prescient of freedom. To be a loose person, even if an emancipated slave, a plains farmer, or a Wall highway financier, was once to take, suppose, and deal with one's personal own possibility. but this usually intended offloading that very same threat onto a chain of recent monetary associations, which jointly have only in the near past bought the identify "financial providers industry." Levy strains the destiny of a brand new imaginative and prescient of private freedom, because it spread out within the new fiscal fact created through the yank monetary system.

Amid the nineteenth-century's waning religion in God's windfall, americans more and more faced unanticipated demanding situations to their independence and protection within the growth and bust chance-world of capitalism. Freaks of Fortune is among the first books to excavate the old origins of our personal financialized occasions and risk-defined lives.

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Pretend We're Dead: Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture

By Annalee Newitz

In Pretend We’re Dead, Annalee Newitz argues that the slimy zombies and gore-soaked murderers who've stormed via American movie and literature over the last century embrace the violent contradictions of capitalism. Ravaged by way of overwork, alienated through company conformity, and mutilated by means of the unfettered lust for revenue, fictional monsters act out the issues with an financial system that turns out designed to devour humans whole.

Newitz seems to be at representations of serial killers, mad medical professionals, the undead, cyborgs, and unfortunates mutated through their involvement with the mass media undefined. no matter if contemplating the serial killer who turns homicide right into a form of exertions through mass generating lifeless our bodies, or the hack writers and bloodthirsty actresses trapped inside of Hollywood’s profit-mad storytelling computing device, she unearths that every creature has its personal story to inform approximately how a freewheeling industry economic system turns people into monstrosities.

Newitz tracks the monsters spawned via capitalism via b videos, Hollywood blockbusters, pulp fiction, and American literary classics, their manifestations in works corresponding to Norman Mailer’s “true existence novel” The Executioner’s Song; the fast tales of Isaac Asimov and H. P. Lovecraft; the cyberpunk novels of William Gibson and Marge Piercy; true-crime books in regards to the serial killers Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer; and films together with Modern Times (1936), Donovan’s Brain (1953), Night of the dwelling Dead (1968), RoboCop (1987), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001). Newitz indicates that as literature and movie inform it, the tale of yankee capitalism because the overdue 19th century is a story of body-mangling, soul-crushing horror.

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L'origine du capitalisme: Une étude approfondie

By Ellen Meiksins Wood, François Tétreau

Qu’est-ce que le capitalisme ? Cette query, l’histoire l. a. pose chaque fois que ce système entre en crise, étalant au grand jour ses absurdités. Pour y répondre, il faut en comprendre les origines. Voilà ce que suggest Ellen Meiksins wooden dans cet ouvrage d’une actualité brûlante.

Ellen Meiksins wooden a enseigné los angeles technological know-how politique à l’Université York à Toronto. Elle est reconnue pour sa contribution aux études sur les origines agraires du capitalisme. Elle est l’auteur de nombreux ouvrages, dont The Retreat from classification, qui a reçu le Deutscher Prize.

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The Division of Labor in Society

By Emile Durkheim

Revised for the 1st time in over thirty years, this variation of Emile Durkheim’s masterful paintings at the nature and scope of sociology is up to date with a brand new creation and more suitable translation via top pupil Steven Lukes that places Durkheim’s paintings into context for the twenty-first century reader.

When it used to be initially released, The department of work in Society was once a wholly unique paintings at the nature of work and construction as they have been being formed through the economic revolution. Emile Durkheim’s seminal work studies the character of social unity and explores the binds that bind one individual to the following which will carry society together.

This revised and up-to-date moment variation fluently conveys Durkheim’s arguments for modern readers. prime Durkheim pupil Steve Lukes’s new creation builds upon Lewis Coser’s original—which locations the paintings in its highbrow and ancient context and pinpoints its crucial principles and arguments. Lukes explains the text’s persevered importance as a device to contemplate and take care of difficulties that face us this day. the unique translation has been revised and transformed with a view to make Durkheim’s arguments clearer and more straightforward to read.

The department of work in Society is a necessary source for college kids and students hoping to deepen their figuring out of 1 of the pioneering voices in glossy sociology and twentieth-century social notion.

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Quakernomics: An Ethical Capitalism (Anthem Other Canon Economics)

By Mike King

Combining advertisement luck with philanthropy and social activism, ‘Quakernomics’ deals a compelling version for company social accountability within the glossy international. Mike King explores the moral capitalism of Quaker organizations from the eighteenth to the 20th centuries, trying out this idea opposed to these of well-liked economists. With a foreword by means of Sir Adrian Cadbury, this booklet proves that the Quaker perform of ‘total capitalism’ isn't a traditionally distant nicety yet an instantly proper advisor for today’s international economy.

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Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy

Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy is still one of many maximum works of social concept written this century. whilst it first seemed the recent English Weeklypredicted that `for the following 5 to 10 years it is going to cetainly stay a piece with which nobody who professes any measure of knowledge on sociology or economics can come up with the money for to be unacquainted.' Fifty years on, this prediction turns out a bit understated.

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