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Money and markets : limits of mainstream critique

Abstract : A key argument of Karl Polanyi's work is that market society needs policies to emerge, develop and survive, money being an essential institution in this process. But, fictituously transforming that which was not made to be sold into commodities, such as man, money or nature, entails unexpected effects, as State interventions. This total subversion of the liberal view enables new perspectives for understanding the crisis of 2008 and the continuing crisis of the Eurozone. Furthermore, it could highlight the usual critiques of many leftwing thinkers. Actually, they were blinded by the apparent success of globalisation during the 1990's and the cosmopolitical rhetoric of neoliberalism. The case of European Union and Euro is interesting because these social machines are labs of neoliberalism. A time is coming when the consent of free trade and a single currency-which unites many neoliberals, far leftists, "socialists" and some trade union leaders-must come to an end.
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Jérôme Maucourant. Money and markets : limits of mainstream critique. Stanković Pejnović, Vesna; Mati, Ivan. New understanding of Capital in the twenty-first century, Institute for Political Studies, pp.124-153, 2020. ⟨halshs-03104773⟩



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