Capitalism & Alternatives

  • 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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  • The Next New Left

    A History of the Future

    By Alan Sears     April 2014

    The Next New Left explores the challenge of activist renewal in the age of austerity.

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  • Twenty-First-Century Socialism

    Is There Life After Neo-Liberalism?

    By Atilio A. Boron  Translated by Susan Ashdown     April 2014

    Atilio A. Boron traces the history of capitalism in Latin America and finds that the capitalist mode of production has not led to development but instead has fostered underdevelopment.

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  • Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power

    Capitalism, Creativity and the Commons

    By Max Haiven     March 2014

    How do we move beyond austerity and the colonization of creativity? Today, when it seems like everything has been privatized, when austerity is too often seen as an economic or political problem that can be solved through better policy and when the idea of moral values has been commandeered by the Right, how can we re-imagine the forces used as weapons against community, solidarity, ecology and life itself?

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  • The Cancer Stage of Capitalism

    From Crisis to Cure, 2nd Edition

    By John McMurtry     September 2013

    In The Cancer Stage of Capitalism, John McMurtry argues that our world disorder of unending crises is the predictable result of a cancerous economic system that is destroying ecological, social and organic life.

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