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Capitalism at Risk: Rethinking the Role of Business by Lynn Paine, Herman Leonard, Joseph L. Bower

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4

Seeing the Threats as Systemic

THE ELEVEN LINES of argument presented in chapter 3 may seem to be discrete and self-contained. But if market capitalism is viewed in relation to the larger sociopolitical system in which it is embedded, many, if not all, of the concerns voiced by our executives appear to be interrelated and to lie at the interface between the market system and the larger system that supports and legitimizes it.

Before turning to strategies for addressing the challenges raised by our business leaders, it is useful to review this complex of forces in its totality—as part of one ecological system or, to quote a forum participant who heads a large public-sector investment fund, as part of “one integrated operating system”:

The market ...

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