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The Great Transformation

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U get something here you won t get in or marx in art because he is building them What you get is this the claim that markets and marx in One Step Further part because he is building on them What you get is this the claim that markets and are simultaneous in their emergence Not markets against socialism but markets AND socialism from the beginning and always The bold claims is that without socialism of various types aure market society couldn t exist for than 20 years Markets would destroy the very elements they thrive upon human beingsWhat we get from Polanyi is that the temporal separation of stages that the Scottish Enlightenment figures Smith Hume Ferguson etc hegel and marx deployed is replaced in Polanyi by the overlaps of stages The The Dreamers pastresent and future coexist in simultaneous determinacy Its a revolutionary move There is Much much The Great Transformation is a book that one reads over and over through a lifetime Its mix of theory history and wisdom is unparalleled in any other book I have read Hegel s and Marx s theoretical insights are deeper and erhaps recise But Polanyi is superior I believe in one important dimension he treats the third world with reverence as a fount of knowledge as a living resource His honoring of the third world comes across as a fount of knowledge as a living resource His honoring of the third world comes across other works see Primitive Archaic and Modern Economies Essays of Karl Polanyi Trade and Market in the Early Empires and Dahomey and the Slave Trade An Analysis of an Archaic EconomyI mention all this about Polanyi because the current opular heir to his work is Naomi Klein s excellent The Shock DoctrineSo read Klein then get your hands on some secondary literature on Polanyi You might start with chapter 5 of my book with David Blaney International Relations and the Problem of Difference Or you could start with a short and excellent overall sketch in The Economic Thought of Karl Polanyi Lives and Livelihood by James Ronald Stanfield. Ntempered market capitalism New introductory material reveals the renewed importance of Polanyi's seminal analysis in an era of globalization and free trad. S thorough takedown of neoliberalism myths of colonization and money are essential The fact that we re still only reading Adam Smith or Marx is a tragedy I read this a few years agoI ve been thinking about it again after reading Streeck s stunning How Will Capitalism EndMaybe the key concept here is embeddedness Capitalist society relies on Traces pre capitalist social formations to sustain itself The market on its own is an insufficient foundation for the spiritual and social bonds that constitute aeople as opposed to just an aggregate of individualsThus it may follow the total triumph of capitalism will also be its dissolution Contra most Marxists the end of capitalism does not reuire a revolutionary subject to take its C place Just the opposite capitalism will deteriorate after it has eliminated all opposition Chaos reignsThis book was actuallyublished the Same Year As Road To SerfdomPolyani Hayek Marx To Me year as Road to SerfdomPolyani Hayek Marx to me seems like an open uestion at the moment it almost seems eually radical to call for a new New Deal as a second Bolshevik revolution Hayek contended in The Road to Serfdom that even democratic forms of state lanning were bound to end in the totalitarianism of a Stalin or a Hitler But 70 years later there is not a single case of social democracy leading to dictatorship while there are dozens of tragic episodes of market excess destroying democracy TRUTH What starts with free markets does not end in freedom of market excess destroying democracy TRUTH What starts with free markets does not end in freedom wouldn t think of reading this book without a guide Because Polanyi is an impossible read difficult than Marx he doesn t have Marx s love of language or Marx s humor difficult than Hegel he doesn t have Hegel s ointed sense of knowing that his Die molekulare Manufraktur prose is torturing theoor reader If you have ever tried to read Aristotle then you have some idea of how Polanyi writes tear duct vaporizing dry But yo. Of the Industrial Revolution His analysis explains not only the deficiencies of the self regulating market but the otentially dire social conseuences of I had never read this book IN ITS ENTIRETY BUT IN FRAGMENTS its entirety but in fragments that was years ago I remember thinking it was interesting at th The was years ago I remember thinking it was interesting at th The oint made by this book is that the attempted transition from a market embedded in society to a society embedded in a self regulating market resulted in the collapse of 19th century civilisation in the form of global conflict and economic recession Polanyi asserts that free markets whereby labour land and capital become fictitious commodities result in massive social dislocation Socialism exists to counter this giving a double movement as recognisable now as in 1944 In his opinion the establishment of the free market is not an inherent The Mask of the Enchantress / The Secret Woman part of human nature but rather a human invention which can and must be extensively controlled and regulated A truly free market could never exist as it would destroy man and nature within a very short amount of time which it reuires to function This is the inherent contradiction of unrestrained capitalismThis book attempts to answer a big uestion how did we get to where we are An intricate answer such as thisrofound uestion reuires is never going to be an easy read However Polanyi s writing style is at best obfuscatory and at worst unreadable The examples employed seem especially obscure to the modern reader and the book reuires rior The examples employed seem especially obscure to the modern reader and the book reuires rior of 19th century British Bonded by Sin politics and world events For this reason my rating is lower than one might expect as I agree ideologically with his conclusions which remain relevant to the modern worldarticularly in the light of the recent financial crisis and the massive state intervention in markets it reuires Just re read this book from start to finish and I could not believe how relevant it is This may be the most important book written this century While some arts are obviously outdated hi. In this classic work of economic history and social theory Karl Polanyi analyzes the economic and social changes brought about by the great transformation.