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By Michel Beaud

The conquest of the Americas inaugurated the sluggish accumulation of assets and the imperceptible structural modifications that culminated within the business Revolution. From that second on, capitalism grew and multiplied with a dynamism and suppleness which are now all too wide-spread, benefiting from wars or even dealing with to rebound after a sequence of devastating financial crises.

In this highly-anticipated revised version of the 1981 vintage, Beaud extends one of many significant strengths of the unique: the interweaving of social, political, and financial components within the context of background. whilst, Beaud's research presents a pragmatic and thorough exam of the advancements of capitalism within the final two decades, together with globalization, the accelerating pace of capital move, and the cave in of the Soviet empire and the following absorption of its inhabitants into the area industry. This re-creation additionally bargains a totally revised structure that integrates diagrams and flow-charts now not formerly on hand within the English-language version.

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We cannot con­ front them without feeling like we're conspiring against ourselves. " What if our primary moral conviction were not the Golden Rule, "Love thy neighbor as thyself," or "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"? W hat if the passing of the father and his ethic meant not that there was no recourse to ethics but that another ethic was in order? I ask this not because I think there's something wrong with the Golden Rule as a rule-what Immanuel Kant called a 11 moral maxim," as something to be universalized in a commu- 46 BEYOND THE GOLDEN RULE nity-but because it seems to me unavailable to us in the present, just as Hamlet found it unavailable in his own.

I'd like to look now at two examples of this self-disciplining as it has worked in two well-known, extraordinarily successful, and much misunderstood works of popular art: the movie Office Space and the novel The Da Vinci Code. 2. T he deeply American tradition of the slacker has its ori­ gins in American transcendentalism's encouragement to workers that they ought to relax into their work. "I loafe," says Whitman as if he were inventing a new virtue (not to mention an intriguing new spelling).

But on the whole, as a culture, the assumption is that our well-being is dependent on capitalism, not Christianity. Rather than thriving in the certainty of a common abundance, we prefer to "prosper" through a competition that seeks necessarily to find those populations (whether slaves, the poor, women, working people, or, most recently, distant third world people) from whom value in the form of profit may be wrung. As John Kenneth Gal­ braith put it, speaking of American affluence in the 1950s (when in fact there was a good deal more income equality than there is at present), we are already this society of abundance that the Bible speaks of, but it is not a common abundance.

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