The Crisis and The Left
As the crisis continues to bite deeper into the lives of people around the world, The Socialist Register 2012: The Crisis and the Left considers how the Left has responded and asks if it can offer a viable alternative. Examining the crisis in a variety of geographic areas including Africa, Latin America, Europe and China, contributors explore many themes of crisis from finance to climate, oil and auto to poverty and over-accumulation.
The Crisis This Time
The challenge for socialist analysis is to reveal both the nature of the contradictions of capitalism in the neo-liberal era of globalized finance, and their consequences in our time. Crises need to be understood as turning points that open up opportunities.
The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives
While many are wondering if another world is possible, few are mapping out avenues to a post-capitalist future. In this groundbreaking analysis of the meltdown, renowned political economists Albo, Gindin and Panitch locate the roots of the crisis in the inner logic of capitalism itself and illuminate how the era of neoliberal free markets has been undergirded by massive state intervention. The authors argue that it’s time to start thinking about transformative alternatives to capitalism – and how to build the collective capacity to get us there. In and Out of Crisis stands to be the enduring critique of the crisis.
Morbid Symptoms: Health Under Capitalism
Health care rights are fought over between commercial forces that seek to make health into a commodity (for those who can pay), and popular forces that seek to reduce gross inequalities and try to make (or keep) health as a public service.
These essays analyze the global health industry: the corporations that sell pharmaceuticals and insurance and push to expand the consumption of goods and services, making health care everywhere a field of capital accumulation.
Violence Today Actually Existing Barbarism
Violence in every possible form dominates current headlines and people’s fears. Understanding it has never been more urgently needed. This volume offers an insight into contemporary violence that the mainstream media – and even mainstream cinema – shrinks from providing on state violence, on violence in inner cities and prisons, and on the violence committed almost everywhere by men against women. In this book, consideration is given to the sources of imperialism and globalized capitalism, the legacies of habituation, insecurity and hatred, the dynamics of politically motivated violence and terror, and the conditions in which the superabundance of weapons exist.
Transforming Democracy, Strategy and Imagination, New edition
This new edition adds an in-depth interview to seven key essays. The interview asks: What impact is American imperialism having on left strategies in various parts of the world today? What common interests work for solidarity and against divisions of race, gender and class? As Green parties turn towards market socialism, what space is left for a red-green anti-capitalist coalition? Can new socialist parties avoid mistakes of communist and social democratic parties in the twentieth century? The essays address key questions of left strategy: rethinking revolutionary and reformist practices, the strengths and weaknesses of the old and new left; the fall of communist regimes (with personal observations from 1990); the dialogue between democracy and Marxism; Marx’s Manifesto in contemporary perspective; class analysis and new strategies for labour in the context of globalization; and the role of hope and imagination in envisioning a socialist future.
Global Flashpoints Reactions to Imperialism
Socialist Register 2008 takes a look at the forces at work in opposition to the American Empire and analyzes their nature–are they reactionary or progressive? Further, what are the prospects for the Left, in the Islamic world, in Latin America and in the capitalist north? The contributors seek to identify the distinguishing features of neoliberalism today and point out its emerging contradictions.
Coming toTerms with Nature
Can capitalism come to terms with the environment? Can market forces and technology overcome the ‘limits to growth’ and yet preserve the biosphere? What is the nature of oil politics today? Can capitalism do without nuclear power, or make it safe? What is the significance of the impasse over the Kyoto protocol?
Telling the Truth
How do people acquire knowledge and understanding of the world they are in? Who has access to the resources and maps facilitating research and debate? How is power mobilised to shape ideas and ideologies? Socialist Register 2006 considers contemporary debate, policy-making, research, education, and scientific practice generally as it relates to the role of the state in intellectual life, the press and the media.
The Empire Reloaded
In the Socialist Register 2005, the contributors examine, through a multitude of lenses, how the American Empire works. They take a comprehensive look at who holds the balance of power and how this affects stability. What is most interesting is the way these essays look at the impact that the new American Empire has had and is having throughout the world. The topics discussed include how the shift in global political relations has influenced gender relations, the media and popular culture.