Is Overcompetition the Problem?

Is Overcompetition the Problem?,” [PDF] (John Bellamy Foster) Monthly Review vol. 51, no. 2 (June 1999), pp. 28-37. DOI: 10.14452/MR-051-02-1999-06_5

It is tempting perhaps to attribute all the problems of capitalism to excessive competition. After all, capitalism is generally presented within contemporary ideology as a system which is nothing more than a set of competitive relations governed by the market. Is it not possible then that the economic contradictions of capitalism, and indeed the present world crisis, can be explained in terms of the globalization of competition which now knows no bounds, and is undermining all fixed positions, resulting in a kind of free fall? This seems to be the view of the distinguished Marxist historian and social theorist Robert Brenner in his ambitious attempt to account for the present global economic turbulence.


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