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Capitalism is Past Its Sell-By Date

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The most comprehensive approach to addressing the flaws of contemporary capitalism and the growing concern of climate change to date.

Is it possible to be‚Ķpractically hopeful for our future? If so, then Kit Webster‚Äôs work here sums up what that might look like. As we move into the third decade of the millennium, we have begun to see the ramifications of overconsumption under the thumb of contemporary capitalism. To top this, we are noticing the impact our overconsumption has on the environment, from climate change to natural resource depletion, from species extinction to‚ÄĒyou guessed it‚ÄĒa once-in-a-lifetime global disease pandemic. Capitalism is Past Its Sell-By Date is, by far, the most honest, brutal, yet comprehensive rabbit hole I have ever pursued in an attempt to finally grasp the ins and outs of contemporary capitalism, its transformation into corporatization, and how an economic and social system rooted in astronomically profitable gain hits us where it hurts‚ÄĒexistentially.

 

Webster presents us with humanity‚Äôs definitive logic puzzle: how to balance a sustainable standard of living with a healthy economy. Split into two sections, Capitalism tackles the contemporary history of capitalism from the Industrial Revolution on, then leaps to the existential crisis of how to logistically‚ÄĒfinancially‚ÄĒcombat climate change. While Webster injects this beefy book with more of his own analysis and opinion as a (former) free-market capitalist, I found his well-researched perspective to be the most useful primer I have read to date in proposing an end to the economic system he used to believe in.

 

Much like a 3-legged stool, Webster demonstrates how the support systems that maintain some semblance of equilibrium on this planet are all irrevocably bound to each other. If we were to radically exhaust one of these systems, the others will be quick to follow. What is absolutely critical about embracing a perpetual system of imbalance, Webster suggests, is how we continuously prioritize redistributing our weight as we move from rampant overconsumption to a zero-sum, no-growth economy.

 

Regardless of how we choose to mitigate our future, Webster settles on this key theme: all roads lead back to the end of capitalism. Capitalism is Past Its Sell-By Date will be useful for anyone studying the economics of climate change, social systems, and building sustainable solutions. Packed with over a decade of critical analysis, Kit Webster has given us the quintessential textbook on how to remodel our global economy for a more sustainable future.

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Nicole works in book publishing as an editorial assistant, so reading is something they consider more of a lifestyle, not a choice. Nicole reads literary fiction, fairy tale & folklore spinoffs, and odd nonfiction ranging in subjects from the history of central Asia to the critiques of capitalism.

About the author

Kit Webster was a C-level executive in publicly- and privately- held companies. Kit holds a Masters of Electrical Engineering degree from Rice University and is a CPA. He has lectured part-time in the MBA program and at the undergraduate business school of the University of Texas view profile

Published on October 18, 2021

90000 words

Genre: Political Science & Current Affairs

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