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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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Outgrowing Capitalism

Outgrowing Capitalism

(p.280) Chapter 12 Outgrowing Capitalism
The Locust and the Bee

Geoff Mulgan

Princeton University Press

This chapter reflects on how capitalism has been both a maker and a taker, a mobilizer of creativity and labor and a despoiler, both productive and destructive. It has been a great accelerator of cooperation, inspired by competition; and a great accelerator of efficiency, spurred by constant duplication and waste. Perhaps it is not surprising that it leaves behind paradoxical people, with more than enough to live on, but struggling to find enough to live for, and with more than enough means but not enough meaning. The chapter suggests that these paradoxes can be resolved in a different kind of capitalism that is better oriented to life, creativity, and cooperation, and reconnects its representations of value to the lived value that underpins them.

Keywords:   capitalism, labor, creativity, cooperation, competition, efficiency, lived value

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