In his most recent book, Oneness, the Indian writer and activist Arundhati Roy argues that capitalism has become a “social contract” for the West, and that the only way we can truly fight it is by rejecting it and replacing it with something better.
Roy is a key proponent of the idea that capital is inherently exploitative, and argues that capital’s “unfettered” power to exploit the working class has left the working classes as its “only social power”.
In her latest book, Capitalist Parasites, on the same theme, Arunder Das and Amitabh Chandra write that “capitalism is the engine of exploitation, the source of inequality, and the engine that keeps us in chains, chained to debt and the state.”
This is why we must fight against it, argues Das, because it is the only system that is able to guarantee the economic and social dominance of a handful of capital.
The article “What do we want from capitalism?” is an opinion piece.
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