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Why'd notions of the end of capitalism be “barely useful”, “in the face of the near-collapse of world finance”? [closed]

Understand Postmodernism: A Teach Yourself Guide. Glenn Ward BA in fine art (painting), University of Plymouth, 1990; MA in Visual Culture, Bath Spa University, 1992; PhD in film studies, University ...
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When people talk about “Companies Hiding Money Overseas” to avoid taxes, what does this really mean?

Presuming the consequence is holding cash somewhere else: I'm really interested in the objective effect of this from a global value creation perspective. I'm less interested in the money itself and ...
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What metrics can be used to distinguish between capitalistic and socialistic economies?

What macroeconomic indicators are meaningful to distinguish whether a country leans towards socialism or capitalism (and where to find such data, specifically for european countries)?
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Definition of capitalism

Does the discipline of economics have an accepted rigorous definition of capitalism? I.e. not something like "some economists would quote Hayek and say that so and so constitutes capitalism" but an ...
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Aside from buying IPOs, what exactly is the point of shareholders?

The more I look at the shareholder system in modern capitalism, the more it starts to appear as nothing more then an otherwise meaningless system that allows rich people to profit off others work ...
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Is a small business owner without employees a capitalist?

If a man has a small business where he is the only employee or if he is self employed, that makes him a capitalist? For example a freelance writer. Or a subsistence farmer that only produces enough ...
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Is the arable land a mean of production?

Wikipedia claims that "capitalism is an economic system and an ideology based on private ownership of the means of production and their operation for profit". And then, the land used for agriculture ...
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Rentier capitalism vs investment capitalism? [closed]

A company has backers who put in money seeking a return from either share-price growth through company growth, and yearly rent in the form of dividend payments. Debt is clearly the case where share ...
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Why does competition work for capitalism?

As far as I know, capitalism is based on competition: If two(or more) companies produce similar products that compete against other, these companies are in a competition. Because the objective of a ...
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What is the function of capitalism? [closed]

To my understanding, all systems have a function. For instance, the function of the respiratory system is to supply oxygen to the body. The function of the digestive system is to break down and ...
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Did the idea of “making money” originate in the United States?

I am currently reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and I came across an interesting paragraph related to Economics and American History. If you ask me to name the proudest distinction of Americans, ...
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What are the defining features of Capitalism? [closed]

What are the necessary and sufficient conditions for an economic system (or mode of production) to be classified as "Capitalism"? Is it markets? Is it for-profit corporations? Is it limited liability ...
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Is worsening wealth inequality intrinsic to Capitalism?

I am but a humble lay person, but I have a question. I've been thinking about wealth inequality and the structure of capitalism. It seems to me that the pay rate for workers accumulates in a linear ...