Social Capitalism in Theory and Practice: The people's capitalism

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Arena books, 2008 - Business & Economics - 484 pages
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In the world of the 90% heterogeneous middle-middle majority, which we find throughout the advanced industrialised economies in both East and West, all are equally affected by the major socio-economic issues of our time. This has resulted inevitably in eroding left/right (or class-based) politics as a relevant or useful tool for the future in advancing the cause of justice and equity. In this second volume of Robert Corfe's major work on Social Capitalism, he turns to examining the financial-industrial system and identifies issues, which are untouched by contemporary politicians across the political spectrum. Whilst politicians live in their own self-enclosed world of dated ideologies, the author highlights urgent and major problems which are significant for us all in the real world. Through a careful analysis of the underlying forces which directly affect the majority, he formulates a new political language, and in doing so, creates a fresh perspective and vision for the future. No people can hope to be free without capitalism, competition, and free consumer choice. But capitalism is not a single or monistic system as traditionally projected by the political establishment. As the author demonstrates, through both empirical evidence and the development of ideas, capitalism may be manifested as either a malign or benign influence on society. In this book the concept of Productive capitalism is promoted as the desirable path towards which peoples worldwide should strive. It is socially self-destructive Rentier capitalism, with its accumulation of wealth into ever fewer hands, and the polarisation of society, which needs to be opposed. But the political battles which lie ahead, in promoting a benign financial-industrial system, will be very different from those in the past, since it is an economic system which will need to be confronted rather than an identifiable sector of the community.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 34
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Does Socialism still exist? 2 Sanitised topdown Socialism 3 Ineffectiveness
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I e state intervention and aspirations 16 Effectiveness of funding
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CHAPTER 3
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CHAPTER 5
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CHAPTER 6
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sociology of work 5 Individualism an inevitable outcome of social change 6
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CHAPTER 8
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Expertise not sufficient to reverse decline 2 And neither are the exhortations of
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PART IV
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CHAPTER 25
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CHAPTER 27
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CHAPTER 29
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CHAPTER 31
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CHAPTER 32
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CHAPTER 33
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CHAPTER 9
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CHAPTER 10
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CHAPTER 7
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CHAPTER 11
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CHAPTER 12
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CHAPTER 13
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CHAPTER 14
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CHAPTER 15
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Introduction page 197
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CHAPTER 17
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CHAPTER 18
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CHAPTER 19
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CHAPTER 21
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CHAPTER 22
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Expediency Versus Justice
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CHAPTER 35
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CHAPTER 36
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CHAPTER 37
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CHAPTER 38
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CHAPTER 39
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CHAPTER 40
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CHAPTER 41
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CHAPTER 42
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CHAPTER 43
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CHAPTER 44
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APPENDIX
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