• How Will Capitalism End?

  • Essays on a Failing System
  • By: Wolfgang Streeck
  • Narrated by: David Skulski
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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The provocative political thinker asks if it will be with a bang or a whimper.

After years of ill health, capitalism is now in a critical condition. Growth has given way to stagnation; inequality is leading to instability; and confidence in the money economy has all but evaporated.

In How Will Capitalism End?, the acclaimed analyst of contemporary politics and economics Wolfgang Streeck argues the world is about to change. The marriage between democracy and capitalism, ill-suited partners brought together in the shadow of World War Two, is coming to an end. The regulatory institutions that once restrained the financial sector’s excesses have collapsed, and after the final victory of capitalism at the end of the Cold War, there is no political agency capable of rolling back the liberalization of the markets.

Ours has become a world defined by declining growth, oligarchic rule, a shrinking public sphere, institutional corruption, and international anarchy, and no cure to these ills is at hand.

©2016 Wolfgang Streeck (P)2018 Post Hypnotic Press Inc.

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  • 08-16-22

Thorough but this is a bit dry

I was hoping for some plausible end scenarios but none were given. Still, very useful in understanding Capitalism and it's relationship with politics and democracy.

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  • Ben Andrews
  • 10-09-18

Brilliantly read

This book is excellent and the reading of it is nuanced and at times ironic - recommended!

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  • Neil Green
  • 01-21-19

Difficult to grasp complex subject.

This is a very interesting and relevant subject. But it is also a very complex subject and was not helped by the narrator who read to quickly. I cannot say I found it easy to understand and as this is a subject I would like to understand I found this disappointing. I think the author expected the reader to have more knowledge of the subject than I possessed.

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  • Guy
  • 06-07-21

Fascinating book, but David pls slow down

This is a fascinating analysis of the weaknesses of capitalism (= our primary social dogma) from a left-wing political economy perspective. In 2021, I would have expected a rounded analysis to pay strong attention to the interplay between political economy and the destruction of the global environment, surely inextricably intertwined. And this seems somehow missing, with scant mention. But Streeck is perhaps suggesting that it's all going pear-shaped anyway, independently of environmental destruction. OK, I can read it that way. Meanwhile, David is clearly an erudite and committed reader: I just wish he'd slow his pace and pause for breath occasionally. All told: excellent audiobook.