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The Locust and the BeePredators and Creators in Capitalism's Future$
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Geoff Mulgan

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691165745

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691165745.001.0001

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After Capitalism

After Capitalism

(p.1) Chapter 1 After Capitalism
The Locust and the Bee

Geoff Mulgan

Princeton University Press

This chapter aims to provide tools for thinking about capitalism as a system in motion, rather than one which, in its fundamentals, has come to a stop. Capitalism at its best rewards creators, makers, and providers: the people and firms that create valuable things for others, like imaginative technologies and good food, cars and healthcare which, at their best, delight and satisfy. Its moral claim is to provide an alternative to the predatory, locust-like tendencies of states and feudal rulers. It rewards the people who work hard and innovate, the human equivalents of industrious bees, and by doing so makes everyone better off, more than any other economic system in human history.

Keywords:   capitalism, creators, makers, providers, firms, technologies, food, healthcare, economic system

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