Few questioned the capitalist system that dominated the globe–capitalism was in the midst of one of its periodic boom cycles. But as I moved from research to writing, belief in the infallibility of the system began to waver until, as a result of the financial crisis that reached its first peak in the autumn of 2008, academics and economists openly questioned the merits of free-market capitalism and pondered aloud what an alternative might look like. Marx’s writing, in the wake of this turmoil, seemed all the more prescient and compelling.
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