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The Mind and the Market: Capitalism in Western Thought

The Mind and the Market: Capitalism in Western Thought

By Jerry Z. Muller

Anchor, 2003, 512 pp.

Thanks to globalization, it is often said, the world is at the dawn of a new era. The spread of markets across the globe and the deepening and quickening of economic interconnections have narrowed the choices open to leaders and publics. You can either opt out of the system and languish or put on what Thomas Friedman calls neoliberalism's "golden straitjacket"—after which "your economy grows and your politics shrinks." The new order's boosters tout its productivity and efficiency, but critics bemoan its hollowing out of democracy and communal solidarity. From blue-collar autoworkers and turtle-suited environmentalists in the United States

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  • Sheri Berman is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for European Studies at New York University and the author of The Social Democratic Moment: Ideas and Politics in the Making of Interwar Europe.
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