An Anticlassical Political-economic Analysis: A Vision for the Next Century
In his final work, one that distills decades of research and thought, a distinguished economic thinker turned social scientist and philosopher confronts three crucial questions facing the world at the end of the century: How and in what form can a harmonious and stable post-cold war world order be created? How can the world maintain the economic performance necessary for the well-being of people while minimizing international economic conflicts and further deterioration of the world s environment? What must be done to safeguard the freedoms of all peoples?
In attempting to answer these questions, Murakami criticizes classical political-economic analysis and offers his own "anticlassical analyses and visions for the next century. By classical political-economic analysis, Murakami refers to analyses of power politics based on the nation-state system and to classical and neoclassical economic analysis which holds that unimpeded competition and free trade are fundamental bases for increasing wealth for the benefit of all. Murakami s anticlassical stance takes the form of a new, intellectually integrated and reasoned concept called "polymorphic liberalism, which argues that traditional "progressivism --the belief that humans have an ultimate unique path on which they will reach an ideal social and political-economic system--can no longer meet today s challenges.
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