Wednesday April 06, 2016

The End of Capitalism?

Paul Mason.

Paul Mason. (Antonio Olmos. Courtesy of Farrar. Straus and Giroux)

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As a reporter, Paul Mason visited many conflict zones. "In each case," he writes in Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future, "the struggle for justice collided with the real power that runs the world." In conversation with host Paul Kennedy, one of Britain's most outspoken critics of neoliberalism explains why he is optimistic that technology and our changing relationship with the state may create societies that are healthier and more just.**This episode originally aired November 25, 2015.

British journalist and author Paul Mason does not mince words when it comes to what he sees as the dominant ideology right now: neoliberalism. He believes capitalism and neoliberalism, as we've come to know them, may have played their last hand.

"What started in 2008 as an economic crisis morphed into a social crisis, leading to mass unrest. And now, as revolutions turn into civil wars, creating military tension between military superpowers, it has become a  crisis of the global order." 

"If we can't create a sustainable global order and restore economic dynamism, the decades after 2050 will be chaos."


Paul Mason is the author of Postcapitalism: A Guide to our Future. He's also the economics editor of Britain's Channel 4 television news, and a regular contributor to The Guardian and The New Statesman. He counts himself among a growing number of thinkers, economists, writers and activists — who, while rejecting the well-worn notion of  'a class struggle leading to a socialist revolution,' nevertheless believe that a more equitable society is possible.

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​Postcapitalism A Guide to Our Future by Paul Mason is published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.