The Bad Faith in the Free Market: The Need for Existential Freedom

  • Peter Bloom


The first chapter will introduce to readers the main theme of the book—how the free market has become an article of bad faith for present-day humanity. After reviewing the original claims that both capitalism and its most extreme variant neoliberalism represent the supposed epitome of individual freedom, it will turn to recent critiques of this system as a form of ideological “fundamentalism”. This dogmatic turn reveals the religious-like underpinnings to reproduction and continuation of capitalism both in the past and present. Taking these insights even further, this book argues that free market, and fundamentally capitalism, has become a source of bad faith, preventing the realization of authentic personal and collective freedom.


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  • Peter Bloom
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  1. 1.Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK

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