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New Left Review I/2, March-April 1960

Charles Taylor

What’s Wrong With Capitalism?

Charles Taylor tackles the problem of the false priorities of capitalism, particularly in the welfare sector, and asks the fundamental question: are these false priorities structural or marginal to capitalism?

the fifties have ended in a mood of celebration and self-congratulation. We felt we had a right to be proud of our achievement. Most people clearly felt that somehow we had managed to create a more humane, just society: one, if not fit for heroes, at least fit for average, normal human beings. A. J. P. Taylor went so far as to claim, in the New Statesman that “we are entering Utopia backwards”.

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