By Rob Urie
Capitalist conception informs a slim, anti-historical proposal of individuals, what motivates us and our courting to each other and the realm. extra profoundly, the premises of the ‘self’ of capitalism shape a deeply instantiated id. The emergence of philosophical post-modernism trained by way of the paintings of Martin Heidegger, Friedrich Nietzsche and Karl Marx supplied an evidence of the social foundation of this Western self that unites capitalist concept with perform in paradox to create a ‘timeless and universal,’ but fully malleable, authoritarian topic. Western critics of philosophical post-modernism get its courting to the re-emergence of new-old capitalism in part correct with out figuring out the foundation of the critique.
Zen Economics addresses the historical past philosophical concerns round economics, technological know-how and expertise to put them in context after which applies the consequences to paintings and exertions, source of revenue and wealth distribution, environmental drawback and animal rights. Zen enters as absence, as radical humility towards what's knowable and what's identified. This view derives from years spent with the bottom texts of existential philosophy, from correspondence among Martin Heidegger and D.T. Suzuki round the dating among Heidegger’s ontology and Zen and from Buddhism as a pragmatic, non-deistic, philosophy of existence. The publication ends with a political software that emerges from 4 a long time of political activism.
"Rob Urie is the hands-down top political-economics author of our time. even if the subject is weather switch, the financial institution predicament or the demonic Ms. Clinton, Urie by no means disappoints. he's a top-notch analyst with a prepared eye for hypocrisy and a wide ranging grab of historical past. Even greater, Urie is crackerjack author who understands the right way to minimize throughout the mainstream baloney and carry the products. For that on my own, he merits a Pulitzer.” — Mike Whitney, monetary columnist, “Grasping at Straws"
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