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Glossary Accumulation. W hen you accumulate items you add to the number of items that you possess.
Authentic. Real, true
Bourgeoisie. W ealthy individuals.
Capitalism. Capitalism is an economic system in which the means of production are owned.
Commodified. If you take a good (say an apple) and assign it an economic value/make it available
for sale, that item is commodified.
Coopted. Social movements are coopted when more powerful forces are able to focus the energies
of that movement on supporting the cause of the more powerful force.
Exploit. A person is exploited when his or her labor is used and they are not properly compensated
for that labor.
Hegemony. Hegemony refers to dominant global power. The US is considered to be the dominant
global hegemon now.
Ideology. An ideology is a set of ideas that constitute a person’s goals, actions, and expectations
Imperialism. When a country attempts to expand its authority beyond its existing territory it is
referred to as an imperialist power.
Masking. Masking refers to covering something up so that it doesn’t look like it is. In this context, a
program to temporarily address inequality could mask/cover up more widespread inequality.
Preemption. Preemption refers to attacking before you are attacked.
Prevailing. Prevailing means winning. The side that prevails in the game is the winner.
Proletariat. The proletariat is the working class.
Resist. To resist is to stand against, to oppose.
Som. Som is an economic system in which the means of production are owned by
everyone. 2|Page Capitalism Critique Affirmative BDL Alternative Can’t Solve – Capitalism Inevitable
[___] [___] Capitalism inevitable – all other stable economic systems are just variants of
James Speth, Former dean of Yale school of forestry and environmentalism, 2008
(The bridge at the end of the world, 188-9)
Of course, the big problem facing all discussions of alternatives to capitalism is that there do
not seem to be any alternatives. Throughout the Cold War, the alternative was state som
or communism, but it is fading fast around the globe. Asked about alternatives to capitalism
today, most people draw blank. Some would add, for good reason. It is therefore worth noting
the diversity of economic systems both within capitalism and within som, a point stressed
by the Tellus Institute." Within capitalism, a variety of national economic systems exist, where
the key variable is the degree of engagement of government in determining economic
priorities and social conditions. At one end of the spectrum, the so-called Anglo-American model
approximates laissez-faire. Here, the market tends to dominate the state. In Scand inavia and
elsewhere on the Continent, one finds varieties of social democratic capitalism." Social democratic
nations exert greater public control over capital investment and have created more comprehensive
social programs including higher minimum wages and unemployment compensation, greater
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- Spring '14