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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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Capitalism’s Generative Ideas

Capitalism’s Generative Ideas

(p.198) Chapter 10 Capitalism’s Generative Ideas
The Locust and the Bee

Geoff Mulgan

Princeton University Press

This chapter turns to theory, showing how a cluster of generative ideas could give shape to a world after capitalism, and a world fit more for creators than predators. It draws less from the utopian traditions, or from Marxism or liberalism, than from capitalism's own ideas, which contain within them the potential for radical transcendence. These include a broader notion of growth that is about quality of life rather than quantity of consumption. The chapter also illustrates how capitalism has made it possible to imagine widely dispersed populations engaged in exchange with each other for mutual benefit. In markets these exchanges are governed by money—the decision whether or not to buy and sell. They are systems with a very limited bandwidth, concerned with quantities rather than qualities.

Keywords:   capitalism, generative ideas, creators, predators, Marxism, liberalism, radical transcendence, markets, money

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