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Capitalism Critique: Systemic Limits on Business Harmony with Nature

Thomas N. Gladwin

in The Oxford Handbook of Business and the Natural Environment

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199584451
Published online January 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199584451.003.0038

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

 Capitalism Critique: Systemic Limits on Business Harmony with Nature

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This article addresses whether market-based capitalism might chiefly be responsible for the global environment crisis and the dominant “dark” forces resisting solutions to this crisis. The emphasis is particularly on the Anglo-Saxon form of capitalism. It also addresses six contentions as to why capitalism might represent the ultimate cause of ecological destruction and resistance to change on behalf of a sustainable future. Corporations, and the people within them, are following a system of logic that leads inexorably toward dominant behaviors. The business and the natural environment (B&NE) field needs to become proficient at analyzing the impacts of business. The field must also present judgments of what is right versus wrong and good versus evil. It must also assign duties and moral obligations, demand sacrifices, and normatively focus on what should be.

Keywords: capitalism; market; business; natural environment; global environment; Anglo-Saxon; corporations; ecological destruction; sustainable future

Article.  8020 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour ; Business Ethics

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