The last 50 years has witnessed a massive life-or death struggle between Soviet centrism and democratic capitalism. In the late 20th century, the Soviet system collapsed and capitalism was declared to have 'won'. Supporters of free-market ideology declared the 'end of history' and the age of global free market capitalism. To-day, market fundamentalism is so dominant that it can be hard to discern if there are viable alternatives to free-market economics - but there are and they seem to work.
Understand how different philosophies have marked impacts on wealth, well-being and quality of life.
Evaluate the ideologies that underpin and shape our economy, business and society.
The remarkable ideas that lie behind the dominant 'Anglo-Saxon' free-market philosophies
What are the longer term effects of following the free-market path on global and national economies?
Explore the almost religious fervour of free-market advocates and the efforts they make to promote their ideas across the world.
Listening to free-market advocates might lead to the notion that there is only one set of viable economic philosophies. But there are other versions of market capitalism that are practiced very successfully. Understand and evaluate the ideas of the social market.
Is there a growing ethical black hole in the middle of our contemporary economic and social affairs? Is there a case for a radical shake-up in the moral basis of economic society?