The Cancer Stage of Capitalism, 2nd Edition

From Crisis to Cure

By John McMurtry  

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In The Cancer Stage of Capitalism, John McMurtry argues that our world disorder of unending crises is the predictable result of a cancerous economic system that is destroying ecological, social and organic life. In this updated edition, McMurtry explains the “social immune response” required to fight this “macro cancer,” which has already surfaced in the Occupy movement and in the democratic social transformation of Latin America. In an official global culture increasingly destructive of life, this book shows the necessity and possibility of building a sustainable society based on a universal commitment to life and nature.

  • Capitalism & Alternatives
  • Co-published with Pluto Press
  • ISBN: 9781552665923
  • September 2013
  • 384 Pages
  • $34.95
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  • Not for sale in Rest of world

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  • Introduction: What is Capital?
  • Decoding the Cancer System and its Resolution
  • The Ancient Taboo
  • The Pathologization of the Market Model
  • The Social Immune System and the Cancer Stage of Capitalism
  • The Paradigm Shift: From Cancer System to Life-Capital Economy
  • The Great Vehicle of the Civil Commons
  • Notes and References
  • Index


  • John McMurtry

    John McMurtry is a professor of philosophy at the University of Guelph and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

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