By Yann Moulier-Boutang
We are living in a time of transition, argues Yann Moulier Boutang. however the irony is this isn't a transition to a brand new form of society known as 'socialism', as many at the Left had assumed; particularly, it's a transition to a brand new kind of capitalism. Socialism has been left at the back of by way of a brand new revolution in our midst. 'Globalization' successfully corresponds to the emergence, for the reason that 1975, of a 3rd type of capitalism. It doesn't have a lot to do with the commercial capitalism which, on the element of its beginning (1750-1820), broke with prior types of mercantile capitalism. the purpose of this booklet is to explain and clarify the features of this 3rd age of capitalism. Boutang cash the time period 'cognitive capitalism' to explain this new type of capitalism. whereas this idea is still a operating speculation, it already presents a few uncomplicated orientations and anchor issues that are indispensible for political motion. The political financial system which was once born with Adam Smith now not deals us the potential of knowing the truth that's being built earlier than our eyes - specifically the price, wealth and complexity of the realm economy D and it additionally doesn't let us to accommodate the demanding situations that watch for humanity, no matter if ecological or social. This booklet therefore seeks to place us onto the trail of a provisional politics and morality in a position to facing this new nice Transformation.
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If the third-party agents who suffer damage or receive an advantage are compensated or have to pay the price for this service they receive, the externality is re-absorbed. The problem with this ‘solution’ is that it leads to a totalitarian dimension of the market; because, in order for everything to be the object of a price and of a market transaction, and thus for our market border-line to encompass the largest number of transactions, the good or service has to be divisible in its consump tion, and it must be exclusive and rival.
We have to see things in terms of a shifting of the terrain. Whereas previously waged workers with contracts of indefinite employment thought in terms of working collectivities and stable companies with an identifiable management structure, what we have now is a frag mentation of the unity of place and, even more so, of the statutes of labour. Work has de-materialised: the foremen have disappeared, the contours of the company have become uncertain and ephemeral. Where previously white collar workers and managers were accus tomed to placing their working lives in the framework of a long-term relationship, now the growing trend of redundancies and dismissals from companies has removed much of the confidence that employees used to have in their chances of internal promotion.
Sociology says the same thing in another language when it discusses the disappearance of the ‘social bond’ or linkage and the disaffiliation of the unemployed (R. Castel). T he urban crisis can be'viewed as an exhaustion of positive exter nalities and a rise of negative externalities (unemployment, isolation, insecurity). When the balance between the two types of externalities becomes negative (there are more negative externalities than posi tive externalities), the city turns into a non-city.