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On the Brink of the Abyss

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Alain de Benoist
On the Brink of the Abyss: The Imminent Bankruptcy of the Financial System
London: Arktos, 2015
188 pages

Paperback: $22 [2]

Alain de Benoist argues that the problem with most discussions of the global financial crisisis that they focus on attempting to reform the present economic system in order to prevent such disasters from recurring. This is a mistake, he says, since the problem actually lies with the nature of the present-day form of international capitalism itself, a system which privileges the unbridled desires of the individual over the needs of the community; which protects the wealthy at the cost of the middle class and the poor; and which is causing so much suffering worldwide by making it easy for corporations in the richer countries to outsource their labour to other, disadvantaged ones, to the detriment of both. It is this system which must be questioned at its very foundations.

Benoist holds both the Left and Right equally responsible for this situation, since the mainstream in both currents has come to unconditionally accept the idea that liberalism and globalised capitalism are not only the best, but the only desirable method of structuring economies in the world today. Meanwhile, the international financial system teeters on the brink, with American debt soaring and the euro on the verge of implosion. Benoist not only explores the roots of how this situation came about but also makes suggestions on what might be done about it. The current crisis is not simply a temporary one; it is the consequence of the logic of capital, which knows only one watchword: more! More profits, more goods, and more trade, even at the price of austerity measures which hit the poorest. Such a system cannot last forever. Here is why.

CONTENTS

Foreword: Money
The Origins of the Financial Crisis
The Dollar, at the Heart of the Crisis
Free Trade and Protectionism
Death on Credit
Public Debt: How States Have Become Prisoners of Banks
The Euro Should Be Made a Common Currency
Middle Classes and Working Classes: A Politics of Poverty
Immigration, the Reserve Army of Capital
Should a Citizenship Income Be Instituted?
Afterword: Confronting the Capitalist System
Index

About the Author

Alain de Benoist is the leading philosopher behind the European ‘New Right’ movement (a label which Benoist himself rejects, perceiving himself as falling outside the usual Left/Right dichotomy), a metapolitical school of thought which he helped to found in France in 1968 with the establishment of GRECE (Research and Study Group for European Civilisation). He continues to write and give lectures and interviews. He lives in Paris. Arktos has previously published his books The Problem of Democracy (2011), Beyond Human Rights (2011), and Carl Schmitt Today (2013).

Paperback: $22 [2]