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The colonization of the future: An alternative view of financialization and its portents

Lysandrou, P. (2016). The colonization of the future: An alternative view of financialization and its portents. Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, 39(4), pp. 444-472. doi: 10.1080/01603477.2016.1245583


Financialization is generally interpreted by heterodox economists to be a dysfunctional and thus historically transient outgrowth of contemporary capitalism: dysfunctional because it is seen to be driven by attempts to escape production and profit realization constraints in the real economy, transient because these attempts are seen to be ultimately futile. This article proposes the contrary argument that financialization is a functionally useful feature of contemporary capitalism that is entirely in keeping with the latter’s continuing development as a commodity system. Specifically, it will be argued that just as globalization represents the extension of the commodity principle along the axis of geographical space, financialization represents the extension of this same principle along the axis of time: the future is being colonized so as to make it take the overspill of the pressures on organizations operating in the present.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Post Keynesian Economics on 25 jAn 2017, available online:
Publisher Keywords: Colonization of the future, financialization
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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