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Capital and Its Discontents: Conversations with Radical Thinkers in a Time of Tumult (Spectre)by Sasha Lilley
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Unraveling the complicated details surrounding the worlds present economic and political climate, this collection of interviews addresses the faulty underpinnings of capitalism and discusses why the future must be economically founded otherwise. Probing into the roots of the global economic crisis, the role that debt and privatization play in dampening social revolt, and the ramifications of post-colonial mentality in the Global South, this collection provides the tools for reconsidering capitalism and solutions for surviving current crisis by learning from past mistakes. This collection includes conversations with some of the most noted thinkers and political economists on the Left, including Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali, Mike Davis, David Harvey, Ellen Meiksins Wood, and Doug Henwood.
"This rich selection of interviews with left-wing intellectuals and activists mostly grows out of the syndicated Pacifica Radio program Against the Grain, cofounded by host and author Lilley. Lilley (and in one case her colleague, cofounder C.S. Soong) engages this international assortment of thinkers — from the well-known (David Harvey) to the less widely familiar (Doug Henwood, editor-publisher of the Left Business Observer) — with an informed, astute intelligence. Fifteen chapters come divided into three sections treating the relation between empire and neoliberalism in a period of global crisis, the contradictions of capitalism, and alternatives (including reconsiderations of Marxist and anarchist ideas by Tariq Ali, Noam Chomsky, and Mike Davis). The bite-size flow of the interview format is an ideal one for digesting large, complex subjects like the historical specificity of modern capitalist empire (as elegantly explained by Ellen Meiksins Wood). If there is a common theme throughout, it is what Lilley herself flags in an insightful introduction: 'the answer to the crises of nature and capital lies in public abundance replacing private wealth.' This cool-headed but urgent volume — timely but sophisticated and wide-ranging enough to remain a longtime reference — will serve as an excellent introduction for readers lacking familiarity with discourse in political economy, while providing important elaboration on central themes for those with more background. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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.
About the Author
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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