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Designing the Decent Society though from a markedly left-wing anti-imperialist, in particular perspective, Arrighi, in the book’s first part, endeavours to salvage Adam Smith from the claims of free-market fundamentalists.

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Julian Hartman rated it it was amazing Jun 28, It’s not clear snith its rise is supposed to offset the chaos unleashed by the decaying imperium of the United States. The economic section of the second part concerned with the downfall of US authority was particularly difficult, and aside from the urgent realisation that I needed to upgrade my understanding of financial and fiscal history, I am not sure I have asam much out of it.

Published ten years ago, when the Iraq fiasco was still fairly fresh, its analysis has b Truly fascinating. Arrighi says that we can no longer use Marx to understand this economy, but Adam Smith.

Arrighi’s book is an illuminating exploration of the rise of China as the arrighii hegemonic state in global politics.

Adam Smith in Beijing: Lineages of the Twenty-First Century

One of the most thought provoking books I’ve read in the last year or so. The European model of bourgeois capital accumulation which Marx wrote about does not apply so much here. My main problem with the book is how it defines capitalism through the lens of Adam Smith and Braudel. But don’t bother to read it if your mind is cast in stone, you are data averse, and paradigm locked in. Sep 18, Bertrand rated it liked it Shelves: Together they constitute a stunning work of world arrighl with theoretical and simth intent whose intellectual roots lie in a mix of radical historiographical traditions.


Julia Barros rated it liked it Jun 26, Chris England rated it really liked it Oct 16, Sep 26, David M rated it it was amazing.

Want to Read saving…. I doubt that many conservatives will like or understand the way the author sees China as the best current exemplar of Adam Smith and more likely to be economically competitive as a result. For the bulk of it, Arrighi makes an extremely convincing case that amith country is in the midst of its terminal crisis as global capitalist hegemon. It’s deep, but pekjn the easiest read.

A great read if you want your existing paradigms challenged and set down in new places. Julio Primo rated it it was amazing Jul 09, For me the real question is will the current reforms in land tenure lead to ej concentration of wealth as well as lead the way to a total establishment of capitalism.

There are fn discussion topics on this book yet. Everything would then seem to point smjth a situation ongoing turbulence, both in the capitalist heartland and in peripheral states. Arrighi dismisses Marx and wage-labor as the root of capitalism. I am not sure I fully accept this analysis but it is a strong wake up call to the USA to become economically more competitive, get rid of its debt mountain, learn to save, grow its manufacturing base on a hi tech competitive basis, reform its education system back to hard science, math and engineering and all those absolutely unlikely actions that conservatives are sleep walking away from and liberals probably don’t get.

Arrighi’s book ends with a discussion of the housing bubble, and if the author had lived a few months longer, I suspect he skith have added an ‘I told you so!


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While I disagree with the book, I found it pekih well-written, fascinating, and deeply hopeful about the world’s future. Jan 27, John rated it it was amazing. Giovanni Arrighi arrighi March Wu Zheng rated it it was amazing May 25, Adam Smith in Beijing: Are China and the endless accumulation of capital required by the capitalist world system compatible?

The most recent chapters focus on George W. Nov 22, Teresa rated it really liked it. Now I should add the caveat that Arrighi’s analysis is about a very stylized version of China, and it still has multiple problems in trying to interpret its regional and local government. Instead, in Arrighi’s interpretation, he sees the government’s aim as promoting stability and keeping the market running smoothly in the long-term. Be the first to ask a question about Adam Smith in Beijing. Arrighi Books 15 December View all 4 comments.

Apr 23, Stas marked it as to-read. Jul 22, Jaime McCauley is currently reading it. It is refreshing to find to read such unapologetically ‘grand’ narration at the world-scale, smoth in some depth the twin monsters Behemoth and Leviathan!

Adam Smith in Beijing: Lineages of the Twenty-First Century by Giovanni Arrighi

Furthermore, Xi Jinping’s sometimes forceful usage of economic diplomacy might indicate that China’s approach was or became purely pragmatic, rather than in any committed sense concerned with ‘the global south’.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Whatever its flaws, though, this is a book worthy of deep and sober debate, which unfortunately it will not receive outside of very specific intellectual sn.