Joyce Appleby


On her book The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism

Cover Interview of January 06, 2010


Capitalism has also been treated as though it were a natural system like aerodynamics with its own laws.  The argument against this view runs through The Relentless Revolution.  Knowing the fascinating history of how capitalism emerged within a traditional society and succeeded in challenging venerable orders throughout the world, I would hope, would open people to new ways of thinking about their economy.

Capitalism may be a relentless revolution, but it is not a mindless one. Pervasive poverty, global warming, failed states, and oppressive governments still present problems for the world. The wealth-generating capacity of capitalism can help meet all of these challenges.  But, first, we must understand it.

© 2010 Joyce Appleby