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By Benjamin Kunkel

After the monetary crash and the nice recession, the media rediscovered Karl Marx, socialist conception, and the very concept that capitalism should be questioned.

But inspite of the exposure, the most paths of up to date severe notion have long past unexplored open air of the academy. Benjamin Kunkel's Utopia or Bust leads readers -- even if politically dedicated or just curious -- throughout the most crucial serious concept this day. Written with the wit and verve of Kunkel's best-selling novel, Indecision, this advent to modern Leftist thinkers engages with the progressive philosophy of Slavoj Žižek, the industrial analyses of David Graeber and David Harvey, and the cultural diagnoses of Fredric Jameson.

Discussing the continued situation of capitalism in mild of rules of complete employment, debt forgiveness, and "fictitious capital," Utopia or Bust is a journey throughout the global of Marxist proposal and an exam of the root of Western society today.

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The hope is that the containerization will halt the trend of soaring freight rates, and not that it will really turn this trend downwards. For containerization to be really labour-saving it is required that the 25 26 The liner shipping industry containers are stuffed already at the premises of the shippers, and are not stripped until the containers have reached their final destinations. In these circumstances the containerization does not only save labour for loading and unloading of ships, but also eliminates the need for expensive break-bulk cargo handling at the landside of the ports, and at inland re-Ioading depots.

From the handling-of-cargo point of view, by standardization of container dimensions* expensive tailor-made ·Until recently standard container dimensions were 20 x 8 x 8 feet, and 40 x 8 x 8 feet for a large one. 5 feet respectively. Some shipping lines are using nonstandardized containers. 5 feet containers, which are not officially approved by the International Container Organization (lCO). Characteristics of demand and supply container cranes of very-high capacity could achieve sufficiently high degree of capacity utilization to be profitable.

From the analysis of the geography of seaborne general-cargo trades made by Lawrence (1972; chapter 6) it can be concluded that in terms of tons something like 80% of world seaborne trade in general cargo is intercontinental and 20% is intra-continental. In terms of ton-miles, and shipping demand, the dominance of intercontinental trade is apparently still more pronounced. For container services the three main routes that link the three regions - the Far East, North America, and Europe - had been containerized almost completely by 1982.

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