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The End of the World as We Know It?: Crisis, Resistance, and the Age of Austerityby Deric Shannon
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The End of the World as We Know It? explores the origins and effects of the capitalist crisis that began in 2008. It moves on to examine the responses of both the dispossessed and the ruling classes to the catastrophe, giving special attention to student mobilizations around the world. Weaving together a global network of stories and analyses, editor Deric Shannon creates an outline of what real and effective opposition to the forces that are destroying our lives and our planet might look like. From solidarity networks to revolutionary unionism, student strikes, and ever-new forms of state and corporate control, The End of the World as We Know It? is a guide to the future of anticapitalist struggle
Highly recommended reading for the contemporary dissident.”—Ruth Kinna, author of A Beginners Guide to Anarchism
The End of the World As We Know It? will be an invaluable resource for students of political economy in our momentous times.... [it] offers an indispensable array of perspectives on the crisis in contemporary global capitalism, with an eye toward dismantling it.” —Alessandro De Giorgi, author of Re-thinking the Political Economy of Punishment
A must-read for those interested in navigating the turbulent waters of economic uncertainty, political instability, and global resistance. The contributors not only provide clear and accessible analyses but also, and more importantly, a range of thought-provoking proposals for change which challenge an increasingly unequal and unsustainable status quo.” —Nathan Jun, Author of Anarchism and Political Modernity
"There is nothing more important for anticapitalists than providing sharp analysis and relevant answers to the problems of our time, rather than merely propagating noble ideals. Here is a book that lives up to the task." —Gabriel Kuhn, editor of All Power to the Councils! A Documentary History of the German Revolution of 19181919
The contributions in The End of the World As We Know It? provide us with important lessons concerning the economic crisis and the attempts of working people to create a world worth living in.” —Andrej Grubacic, author of Dont Mourn, Balkanize! Essays After Yugoslavia
Neither austerity nor reform will save us. Real alternatives mean real change.
The End of the World as We Know It? explores the origins and ramifications of the Great Recession, as well as the experiences of those living through it. Crisis is a recurring trait of capitalism, and a necessary one for the economy to continue as it does. However, each economic crisis is treated like an unprecedented and unexpected surprise. How can we learn from these capitalist catastrophes unless we connect historical patterns to contemporary conditions?
Capitalist crisis is not an accident; it occurs, in fact, by design. This collection brings together personal accounts and analysis to illustrate the struggle of individuals and communities in search of survival. Weaving these stories together is a necessary step forward in uniting against continued economic exploitation. From solidarity networks to revolutionary unionism and student strikes, this book unsettles our understanding of economics.
The struggle against austerity measures has swept the globe, and a new resistance is emerging: the Maple Spring in Montreal, Occupy in the United States and abroad, and much of Latin America and Europe have erupted in vocal protest against the status quo. This book amplifies those voices into a resounding call for action and organization.
In essays divided into five sections—Origins, Effects, The Response of the Dispossessed, The Ruling Class Response, and Education and the Student Response—the contributors outline the overall systematic nature of the problem, as well as tangible, equally systematic strategies for community economic defense and sustainability.
About the Author
Deric Shannon is a former line cook, convenience store clerk, and rubber roofer, now an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Oxford College of Emory University. He has written and edited a number of books and articles, ranging in scope from political sociology, economics, sexuality, class struggle, and radical thought.
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