New Forms of Capitalism - New Forms of Exploitation?

That ‘Capitalism is Changing’ is presently being explored from several directions. Proposals have come from those seeking to make sense of the impact of new technologies and a number of internationally renowned scholars are looking to transform capitalism radically, provoking intense discussion. Yet many thinkers - & not only Marxists - have argued that ‘exploitation’ is a necessary, thus ineradicable, feature of all & any market-based socio-economic systems. Can we hope for, either by design or evolutionary development, future capitalist forms that do not rely at all on exploitation, or at the very least significantly minimize it?


COURSE OUTLINE

  • A short account of theories of the nature & genesis of exploitation (what it is & what causes it; eg, Marx)
  • A brief account of the main forms of exploitation – Class, Gender, Race/Ethnicity
  • A brief survey of some of the recent prominent attempts to make sense of the crucial contours of changes to capitalism. The work of two clusters of scholars will be the main focus here. We will look at both Rutger Bregman (his idea of a ‘utopia for realists’ as an ‘out of the left vs. right wing mould’) & Erik Olin Wright’s ‘Real Utopian Sociology’, centred around a Basic Minimum Income' for all. And some recent predictions of future catastrophically high unemployment by, ie, 2025 (CEDA, 2018) that surely drastically will alter the nature of capitalism, will be discussed
  • Can we predict the end of exploitation in capitalist societies of the future? Can capitalism, even a very different kind of capitalism, exist without exploitation? Or will ‘new forms of capitalism’ inexorably, & thus inevitably, bring about new kinds of exploitation?
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30 Sep

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