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By James Petras, Henry Veltmeyer

The area is on the crossroads of social switch, within the vortex of forces which are bringing a few varied global, a post-neoliberal kingdom. This groundbreaking publication lays out an research of the dynamics and contradictions of capitalism within the twenty-first century. those dynamics of forces are traced out in advancements internationally - within the Arab Spring of North Africa and the center East, in Cuba and in different places in Latin the US, within the usa, and in Asia. The forces published through a approach in trouble should be mobilized in numerous methods and instructions. the point of interest of the ebook is at the strategic responses to the systemic concern. because the authors inform it, those dynamics predicament 3 worldviews and strategic responses. The Davos Consensus specializes in the virtues of the unfastened marketplace and deregulated capitalism because it represents the pursuits of the worldwide ruling category. The post-Washington Consensus issues the necessity to supply capital a human face and determine a extra inclusive type of improvement and worldwide governance. as well as those visions of the long run and tasks, the authors determine an rising radical consensus at the have to circulate past capitalism in addition to neoliberalism.

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In the United States, for example, it is 17 percent higher than it was in 1980. In Latin America, the region showing the greatest disparities, income disparities have increased dramatically over the two decades of neoliberal reform. In the 1950s and 1960s and into the 1970s the inequalities in income distribution were on the decline, the result of a state-led (as opposed to market-led) approach to national development. In the 1980s, this progress was halted where not reversed. The outcome, marked by a process of privatization, financial liberalization, market deregulation and downsizing, was visible some years later in an extension of structured inequalities in income distribution, with a consequent deepening of the conditions of poverty and wealth at the extremes of this distribution.

The conclusion: ‘eliminate crushing poverty among the lowest earners, and wealth will trickle up’. 11 On the polarizing dynamics of this process see, inter alia, Isaak (2005). 40 Beyond Neoliberalism Today, however, in the context of evidence of an expanding and deepening global divide between the rich and the rest, the focus is on inequality itself and its pernicious consequences, not least of which is social conflict and political instability. One strand of thought is epitomized by The Spirit Level, a book that caused a major stir in Britain, suggesting that countries with greater disparities of income fare worse on all manner of social indicators, from higher murder rates to lower life expectancy.

Cameron, for his part declared—what is now a truism among development theorists and practitioners—that more unequal societies do worse ‘according to almost every quality-of-life indicator’. As for Buffett he has become a crusader for a higher inheritance tax, arguing that the United States risks an entrenched plutocracy without it. And Strauss-Kahn has begun to push for a new global growth model, arguing that gaping income gaps threaten social and economic stability. In thus he has picked up a concern expressed earlier by Michel Camdessus, one of his predecessors, who in 1996 on a visit to Mexico, declared that the policy of the IMF no longer is neoliberalism 9 That Strauss-Kahn could be or was the presidential candidate of the socialist party speaks volumes of the bankruptcy and real character of social democracy within a capitalist state.

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