Pathology of the Capitalist Spirit: An Essay on Greed, Loss, and Hope
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Pathology of the Capitalist Spirit is about capital and about the economic system that bears its name.
Christopher Bollas (1989) refers to as his or her “unique presence of being.” Being alive in this latter sense involves the matter of difference and especially the matter of creative living rather than living by adapting to what already exists for us (Winnicott 1986). When what we do represents only our adaptation to a reality predetermined for us, then we are not DOI: 10.1057/9781137346797 10.1057/9781137346797 - Pathology of the Capitalist Spirit, David Levine Copyright material from
significance it might have were it the one way of living having moral standing. The possibility of shaping different ways of life, rather than the concrete form those different ways of life take, must become our end. When it is accepted that making the abstraction needed to think and live this way is an essential part of public debate, then reason can play a role in the political process, since making the abstraction that enables us to get outside of what is particular to us is what reason
reason as interest groups. Thus, for example, there is an important distinction to be drawn between the interest of the individual business owner taken by himself and the interest of the businessman acting as a member of a group. This difference lies not simply in the enhanced influence made possible by forming an association, but in the change in the nature of interest that goes with the creation of an interest group. For the individual business owner, deficit spending aimed at assuring economic
different regulatory regimes that define and restrict the use of property. How we assess these issues associated with ownership of capital depends in part on how we assess the consequences of the use of property as capital: does capital lead to prosperity for all, or for many, or for only a few? Does capitalist accumulation tend to undermine the prosperity it creates, or has the potential to create, by disabling the market systems it fosters and on which it depends? Assessing consequences has
60, 61, 66 work creates the world, 57–8 freedom from, 12–14, 19, 50, 51–2 as limit of the finite, 18 and loss, 57–8, 68 for others, 57 and reality, 52, 82 world creating as goal, 57–8 worldly asceticism, 35, 37, 43–4 DOI: 10.1057/9781137346797 10.1057/9781137346797 - Pathology of the Capitalist Spirit, David Levine Copyright material from www.palgraveconnect.com - Trial Access - PalgraveConnect - 2013-11-01 100 Copyright material from www.palgraveconnect.com - Trial Access - PalgraveConnect