Totalitarianism’s Inversion: Beginnings of the Imaginary of a Permanent Global War

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Myth in the Making

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Preface and Introduction

An unprecedented combination of corporate and state power has progressively shaped itself up in the U.S. after WWII, characterized by Sheldon S. Wolin as “Inverted Totalitarianism”.

Be Agnostic about Growth

In most textbooks the acknowledged goal of economic policy is growth, thus implicitly assuming growth to infinity. Given that the planet is not infinite, why not considering growth as relative to different situations in different countries?

Create to Regenerate

Create to Regenerate

“Ecological degradation is not a luxury concern for countries to leave on one side until they are rich enough to give it their attention”, says Kate Raworth. What would be the steps toward an economy that is regenerative by design?

Design to Distribute

Income inequality and austerity measures are widely seen among policymakers as necessary pains for economic growth. To benefit most people, however, the economy must first be designed this way.

Get Savvy with Systems

The 2008 financial crisis has shown that supply and demand equilibrium is not a “law”. Rather than ready-made theories, economics needs the experimental background provided by systems thinking.

Nurture Human Nature

In order to reach some predictability, classical economists have considered that human exchanges are rational. They just adopted the wrong model of rationality.

See the Big Picture

“All the world’s a stage”, according to Shakespeare. Who are the characters at play in the economic narrative of market fundamentalism and how should the cast be updated for the 21st century?

Change the Goal

In nature, health is the primary goal of all life forms. In conventional economics, it is indefinite growth—the definition itself of cancer. Can what is biologically aberrant be economically relevant?