The entropy of capitalism

by Robert Biel

The project of applying general systems theory to social sciences is crucial in today s crisis when social and ecological systems clash. This book concretely demonstrates the necessity of a Marxist approach to this challenge, notably in asserting agency (struggle) as against determinism. It similarly shows how Marxism can be reinvigorated from a systems perspective. Drawing on his experience in both international systems and low-input agriculture, Biel explores the interaction of social and physical systems, using the conceptual tools of thermodynamics and information. He reveals the early twenty-first century as a period when capitalism starts parasitising on the chaos it itself creates, notably in the link between the two sides of imperialism: militarism (the war on terror ) and speculative finance capital.

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  • List of Figures
  • Introduction
  • 1. Understanding the Limits and Decay of the Capitalist Mode of Production
  • 2. Capitalism as an Adaptive System
  • 3. The 'Systemic Turn' in Capitalist Political Economy
  • 4. The Era of Feedback from Entropy
  • 5. Militarism and State Terrorism as a Response to Crisis
  • 6. Organisation of the Twenty-first Century International System
  • 7. Contradictions in the Contemporary Phase of Imperialist Governance, and the Forces for Change within it
  • References
  • Index

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書名 The entropy of capitalism
著作者等 Biel, Robert
シリーズ名 Studies in critical social sciences
出版元 Brill
刊行年月 2012
ページ数 vii, 391 p.
大きさ 25 cm
ISBN 9789004204300
NCID BB12982875
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言語 英語
出版国 オランダ