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Beyond Capitalist Dystopia: Reclaiming Freedom and Democracy in the Age of Global Crises
University College Stockholm, Department of Eastern Christian Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7488-9824
2022 (English)Book (Refereed)
Sustainable development
SDG 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Abstract [en]

This provocative book interrogates the ideology of capitalism as the "default" narrative underpinning various mainstream ideologies in the contemporary world. The book explores the genesis, structure and functioning of this ideological narrative, provides its critical assessment and outlines a possible alternative, beyond the logic of capitalism and toward a truly free and democratic society.

The book takes a broad view of the major global challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, and persuasively argue that, in order to resolve any of the major global problems, from the ongoing ecological crisis to economic and geopolitical issues, we need to confront the capitalist system. To unpack the logic of contemporary capitalist ideology, and the way it structures our inter-personal and political relations, the book gives an analysis of the "end of ideology" narrative and offers a critical assessment of the ideas behind the widely used but fundamentally flawed concept of "Liberal democracy." The book revisits metaphysical foundations behind the ideology of capitalism, exposing their secular-religious dimension, and their immanent oppressiveness. Based on this deconstruction of the metaphysical foundations implicit in (Neo)Liberalism and capitalism, the book offers a way in which alternative metaphysical foundations can be constructed to allow for different socio-political and economic models that would be based on a radical affirmation of freedom and democracy, as well as human responsibility for the natural environment.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon: Routledge, 2022, 1. , p. 202
Series
ANTINOMIES: Innovations in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Creative Arts
Keywords [en]
Capitalism Social aspects, Democracy, Ideology, Social Problems
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Political Science
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Eastern Christian Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-1986ISBN: 9781000604306 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ths-1986DiVA, id: diva2:1802446
Available from: 2023-10-04 Created: 2023-10-04 Last updated: 2023-10-11Bibliographically approved

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