Capitalism & Alternatives

  • We Can Do Better

    Ideas for Changing Society

    By David Camfield     August 2017

    In We Can Do Better, David Camfield lays out a theoretical basis for political and social change that fuses critical Marxism with insights from anti-racist queer feminism. This reconstructed historical materialism treats capitalism and class as inextricably interwoven with gender, race and sexuality.

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  • One-Dimensional Man 50 Years On

    The Struggle Continues

    Edited by Terry Maley     April 2017

    One-Dimensional Man 50 Years On contains a diverse collection of essays on the legacy of Herbert Marcuse and the relevance of his thought for the 21st century. The contributors to the volume — both established and upcoming academics and activists — critically explore the applicability, as well as the limitations, of Marcuse’s seminal work to the current political conjuncture. It should be of interest to both scholars of critical theory and Left activists of all types.

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  • From Corporate Globalization to Global Co-operation

    We Owe It to Our Grandchildren

    By Tom Webb     September 2016

    This book is about the need for an alternative to capitalism. But what does that alternative look like?

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  • Socialist Register 2016

    The Politics of the Right

    Edited by Greg Albo and Leo Panitch     November 2015

    The fifty-second edition in the highly popular Socialist Register series focuses on the political forces and parties of the Right, seeking to shed light on their social base, organizational strength and range and influence on mainstream parties and opinions.

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  • The Servant State

    Overseeing Capital Accumulation in Canada

    By Geoffrey McCormack and Thom Workman  Foreword by David McNally     October 2015

    WINNER of the 2016 Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing

    In The Servant State: Overseeing Capital Accumulation in Canada, McCormack and Workman explore Canada’s experience through the “age of austerity” and highlight how this experience has been shaped by the specific way capitalist development has unfolded in Canada and the role of the state in this process.

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  • The Tragedy of Social Democracy

    By Sirvan Karimi     July 2015

    The Tragedy of Social Democracy is about the rise, fall and future of social democracy as a politico-ideological force, a force that was believed would democratically transform capitalism into socialism. Instead of democratizing capitalism, social democracy was itself liberalized by capitalism. Why has social democracy gravitated into the magnetic field of neoliberalism? Who can be blamed for such a tragedy? Can social democracy reverse its political and ideological eclipse?

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  • Socialist Register 2015

    Transforming Classes

    By Leo Panitch and Greg Albo     November 2014

    The latest installment of this longstanding classic publication features works by many of today’s most progressive political theorists. Transforming Classes tackles examines the ways in which class is being transformed in the Global South, the organization of workers in the workplace and community and the myriad forces shaping and reshaping the lives of workers today.

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  • Human Development

    Lessons from the Cuban Revolution

    By Henry Veltmeyer     September 2014

    Henry Veltmeyer examines the Cuban Revolution from the perspective of socialist human development, critiquing of the notion of human development used by the United Nations Development Programme to rescue capitalism from its fundamental contradictions and give a human face to an exploitative and destructive development process.

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  • Orchestrating Austerity

    Impacts and Resistance

    Edited by Donna Baines and Stephen McBride     September 2014

    Following the 2007–08 global financial crisis, Western nations engaged a variety of measures that departed quite dramatically from conventional neoliberal wisdom. However, these policies were quickly succeeded by what we now call “austerity” measures. This collection engages with the question: Is there something new in this era of austerity, or should this be understood as a continuation and intensification of earlier forms of neoliberalism? Finally, Jim Stanford’s afterword probes to the heart of the question of why austerity in the first place.

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  • Green Capitalism

    Why It Can’t Work

    By Daniel Tanuro     April 2014

    What should be done to resolve the climate crisis? Daniel Tanuro argues that government measures – eco-taxes, commodification of natural resources and carbon trading – do not tackle the main problem: the drive for profit.

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