Beyond Capitalism

Just released (April 2013) from Bloomsbury Publishing... Beyond Capitalism: Building Democratic Alternatives for Today and the Future Edited by: Jeff Shantz & José Brendan Macdonald ISBN-10: 1623567971

Capitalism as a global system barely allows the needs of the majority of the world's population to be met. Whether from an industrialized country such as the US or from South Africa, the need for an alternative can be felt all over the world. It is clear nowadays that, due to the non-democratic nature and inadequacies of capitalism, another system must take its place. Such a process has already begun through the cooperative movement, which this book examines along with other initiatives. Featuring essays by international scholars and activists from various spheres of the anti-capitalist left, the work features many examples from the north and the south, to cover both the historically-advanced and late capitalist economies. It discusses such initiatives as participatory economics, the Mondragon experience, worker cooperatives in Europe and Latin America, solidarity economy in South Africa, and more. Written in an accessible manner, Beyond Capitalism will be an invaluable resource for any student of social movements and political thought and for anyone looking for alternative to today's ongoing systemic crises.

Reviews

Beyond Capitalism makes clear that this is a pivotal moment for all of humanity, when many of us in peril of being crushed by the heels of the capitalist beast are awakening fitfully from our hypnopompic state. Beyond Capitalism functions in this context like a generous dose of academic smelling salts. This important volume lays bare the profligate use of lies and deceptions by the capitalist class, and reminds us that in standing idle we risk being suffocated by our own past. The dark vein of animosity shown by the transnational capitalist class towards 99 percent of the world’s population is pulsating with an ignominious fury. In addition to comprising a set of clear, innovative and well-researched essays that offer alternatives to the social universe of capital, Beyond Capitalism is a call to action.” – Peter McLaren, Professor, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies University of California, Los Angeles, US, Endorsement

“These essays are illuminated by the search for a new society. As the hyper-capitalism we call neoliberalism drives us ever closer to the precipice, we need to hope and think about new and democratic ways of organizing our economic and political life. More than thinking, we need to begin to build the alternatives that can sustain us through the struggle for transformation. This volume shows us some of the imaginative projects that are already underway.” – Frances Fox Piven, Distinguished Professor, Graduate School, City University of New York and author of Regulating the Poor, Poor People's Movements, and Challenging Authority, Endorsement

ISBN-10: 1623567971 ISBN-13: 978-1623567972 This first edition book is available in paperback & hardcover: [amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

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