Capitalism as structural genocide and the socialist alternative
LE3 .A278 2011
Master of Arts
This thesis will argue that structural violence is inherent in the internal logic of capital and, therefore, that it is a permanent feature of the capitalist system that occurs on a genocidal scale. Capital‘s internal logic forces it to expand to every corner of the globe and the resulting structural violence causes more than ten million deaths annually. Consequently, capitalism constitutes a class-based structural genocide that targets the poor and should not be viewed as a legitimate system under which to structure society. But capitalism is viewed as a legitimate social system by hundreds of millions of people due to the dominant hegemonic discourse of capital. Therefore, it is crucial that this discourse be challenged in order to achieve a radical social transformation to a more democratic, egalitarian and sustainable alternative. This paper will conclude with an examination of some basic principles essential to organizing a socialist alternative to capitalism.
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