Free economy! On 3628800 alternatives of and to capitalism

Last updated, 25 Jul 2015
TitleFree economy! On 3628800 alternatives of and to capitalism
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsRoth, S
Volume27
Issue2
Pages107-128
JournalJournal of Interdisciplinary Economics
Abstract

Even the sharpest problem focus cannot help but sharpen the problem. Thus, the key to our understanding of alternatives to capitalism and alternative forms of capitalism is not in the ongoing problematization of the dominance of the economic principle. Rather, the question addressed in the present form theoretical argument is about which distinctions we need to draw in order to be able to observe capitalism. Answering this question, we show that the form capitalism can only be unfolded in the medium of functional differentiation. In resituating the economy as only one out of ten function systems, we demonstrate that both pro- and anti-capitalist concepts of society imply an economy-bias and, consequently, a neglect of the remaining function systems. We therefore suggest that the observation of both alternatives to capitalism and alternative capitalisms calls for a stronger focus on the non-economic function systems. Finally, we present an outlook on a way to more than three million alternatives of and to capitalism.