Earth Capital: A Long History of the World After (12th to 21st Century)
Original title: Capital Terre. Une histoire longue du monde d’après (xiie-xxie siècle)
A global economic and political approach to the planet’s issues to make sure that the world after doesn’t resemble the one before.
What if the crux of the matter of hunger in the world weren’t demographic growth but rather modes of agricultural production and, above all, distribution, that are designed to benefit the wealthy? In this militant text, which goes back to the roots of capitalism, Alessandro Stanziani suggests reconnecting with the social contract that was so dear to Rousseau, and turning democracy, social equality, and the environment into the three pillars of the world after. A champion of public policies that reconcile economic and demographic growth, labor rights, fighting inequalities and protecting the environment, he pleads for an end to speculation on food commodities, the appropriation of land, and patents, especially on crop seeds, a true “humanity’s common heritage,” and also advocates for more egalitarian tax and public-finance reforms.
A global economic thinking, as concerned with the future of Asia and Africa as it is with the future of Europe, by a brilliant world-renowned historian with decades of field research.