Uncertainty about the future in relative and absolute terms has been on the rise among people from the “old core” and so has been the demand for explanations on how we have got here, what is really happening today worldwide, as well as what is to be expected in the near and in the long term. More
This book does not intend to pile up in one of the many post - capitalist, post-scarcity good works that there currently are on the shelves. Indeed, what this book intends is to determine to what extent many thinkers including myself believe that the current socioeconomic system, namely, Capitalism is in the last end of its existence at the beginning of the 21st century. A majority of authors do not like to get their feet in muddy waters surrounding issues such as the end of Capitalism and try to skip it as much as they can or simply ignore it. Each writer has their reasons to behave like that as they may fear credibility or reputational loss that might make their works less marketable. That is the reason why the issue of the end of capitalism has remained as a taboo that not many thinkers want to get their hands sticky with. This taboo has grown bigger over time due to the lack of explanation of a consistent, coherent and believable projection that helps spread the idea of a scenario that is not too distanced from real trends. Otherwise the risk being faced is that of falling in the science-fiction futuristic shelves. Another reason for that taboo is the apocalyptic connotations that the concept of “end of Capitalism” projects to readers which is often analogous to other concepts such as “the end of times” or “the end of the world”. On the other hand, factual powers, what I call in my book “capitalist structures,” repel any ideological framework that allows people to think “out of the box” beyond the final systemic end which is the ceaseless capitalist reproduction. However, for the past 5 years, the Western hemisphere has been sunk in the worst systemic crisis since the 1930’s. Current circumstances such as millions of layoffs, debt crisis, increasing poverty, dissolution of the welfare state and the middle class, have inevitably led many people to wonder and enquire about the reasons of the crisis, its evolution, the rise of the real nature of the capitalist system (which has been masqueraded by the protection of the welfare state in the western hemisphere for the last 70 years) and the deepening ecological crisis evidenced by the global warming and the constant disruptions of the food chain worldwide. Uncertainty about the future in relative and absolute terms has been on the rise among people from the “old core” and so has been the demand for explanations on how we have got here, what is really happening today worldwide, as well as what is to be expected in the near and in the long term. The current economic, ecological, social and political crisis has provided me with the inspiration to write a book that seeks to convey the research, knowledge and expertise of some of the most prestigious contemporary thinkers and academicians. These are Immanuel Wallerstein, Manuel Castells, Ian Bremmer and classical thinkers such as Adam Smith or Karl Marx in order to understand the functioning of the current socio-economic system (Capitalism) and what the chances are for its transformation into a new socio-economic system. The added value of this book lies in the condensation of past and current knowledge that allows for the projection of the system’s future evolution into a new socio-economic paradigm as well as to define the next stages in Capitalism’s development.