Capitalism & Alternatives

  • 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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  • The New Commune-ist Manifesto

    Workers of the World, It Really Is Time to Unite

    By Ernesto (Ernie) Raj Peshkov-Chow     July 2013

    If Marx were alive today and asked to write a new edition of The Communist Manifesto, how would it be different from the original, composed 165 years ago? The New Commune-ist Manifesto is an updated version of Marx’s original, written by an environmentally conscious working-class activist. While following the spirit of the old, this version is written for the twenty-first-century working class and transforms the original from a historical document into a call-to-action to build an economic system based on economic democracy and ecological sustainability.

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  • Resistance in the Age of Austerity

    Nationalism, the Failure of the Left and the Return of God

    By Owen Worth     June 2013

    In November 1999 the first protests associated with the anti-globalization movement took place in Seattle, and came to be seen as the starting point for globalized resistance to neoliberal capitalism. Despite initial optimism, the following years have seen little progress in formulating a coherent alternative to neo-liberalism, a failure that has become particularly poignant in the aftermath of the recent credit crisis. Now, the neoliberal mandate that appeared to be in crisis in just 2008 has reinvented itself through the guise of a new era of austerity.

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  • Critical Inquiries

    A Reader in Studies of Canada

    Edited by Lynn Caldwell, Darryl Leroux and Carrianne Leung     April 2013

    This book takes a bold, critical approach to Canadian studies, framing Canada as an ongoing colonial project. The contributors assess how policy programs, such as multiculturalism and national arts funding and cultural monuments and symbols, such as the Famous Five Monument, the Tunnels of Moose Jaw and Saskatchewan’s Centennial, are all shaped within this colonial matrix.

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  • From the Great Transformation to the Great Financialization

    On Karl Polanyi and Other Essays

    By Kari Polyani Levitt     April 2013

    Four years into the unfolding of the most serious economic crisis since the 1930s, Karl Polanyi’s prediction of the fateful consequences of unleashing the destructive power of unregulated market capitalism on peoples, nations and the natural environment has assumed new urgency and relevance. The system of unregulated or free market capitalism has a propensity towards crisis, which is reflected in both the dynamics of the Great Depression of the 1930s and the advent of the new world order of neoliberal globalization of the 1980s, ushering in “the great financialization.”

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