We live in a time of transition, argues Yann Moulier Boutang. But
the irony is that this is not a transition to a new type of society
called ?socialism?, as many on the Left had assumed;
rather, it is a transition to a new type of capitalism. Socialism
has been left behind by a new revolution in our midst.
?Globalization? effectively corresponds to the
emergence, since 1975, of a third kind of capitalism. It does not
have much to do with the industrial capitalism which, at the point
of its birth (1750-1820), broke with earlier forms of mercantile
capitalism. The aim of this book is to describe and explain the
characteristics of this third age of capitalism.
Boutang coins the term ?cognitive capitalism? to
describe this new form of capitalism. While this notion remains a
working hypothesis, it already provides some basic orientations and
anchor points which are indispensible for political action. The
political economy which was born with Adam Smith no longer offers
us the possibility of understanding the reality which is being
constructed before our eyes - namely the value, wealth and
complexity of the world economic system Ð and it also does not
enable us to deal with the challenges that await humanity, whether
ecological or social. This book thus seeks to put us onto the path
of a provisional politics and morality capable of dealing with this
new Great Transformation.