Capital and Its Discontents: Conversations with Radical Thinkers in a Time of Tumult

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Sasha Lilley
PM Press, Nov 1, 2010 - Political Science - 320 pages
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In an era of profound economic and ecological crisis, this collection unravels the dynamic contradictions at the heart of capitalism and points possible ways forward to a liberatory future. Through a series of incisive conversations with some of the most eminent thinkers and political economists on the Left—including Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali, David Harvey, Ellen Meiksins Wood, Mike Davis, and Doug Henwood—Sasha Lilley examines the roots of the global economic meltdown, neoliberalism in the Global South and North, struggles against empire past and present, the eternal pendulum swing of social revolt, and the potentialities of the radical tradition in a time of austerity.
 

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Contents

Empire in the Age of Capital
27
The Rise of Neoliberalism and the Riddle of Capital
43
Demystifying Globalization
78
The Global Economic Meltdown
90
Capitalist Crisis and Radical Renewal
105
Commodifi cation Enclosure and the Contradictions of Capitalism
121
The Ecological Dimensions of Marxs Thought
123
The SocioEcological Crises of Capitalism
136
National Capitalism in the Third World
185
Isaac Deutscher and the Old Left
200
Antiimperialism and the New Left Revolt and Retrenchment
210
Postmodernism and the Politics of Expression
220
Anarchism Council Communism and Life After Capitalism
237
Libertarian Socialism for the TwentyFirst Century
246
Acknowledgments
259
Contributors
261

The Agrarian Question and Multiple Paths of Capitalist Development in East Asia and South Africa
153
Labor and Capital Gender and Commodification
165
PART III Alternatives?
183
Notes
263
Index
269
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About the author (2010)

Sasha Lilley is a writer, a broadcaster, and the program director for KPFA Radio, the flagship station of the Pacifica Network. She is the series editor of Spectre, the PM Press political economy print. She lives in Oakland, California.

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