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SOS Alternatives to Capitalism

SOS Alternatives to Capitalism

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With capitalism vulnerable and out-of-step in the wake of financial crises this book investigates the alternatives that are on offer - including socialism, anarchism and deep ecology.

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With capitalism vulnerable and out-of-step in the wake of financial crises this book investigates the alternatives that are on offer - including socialism, anarchism and deep ecology. It aims to pick its way through the thickets of resistant thinking and emerge with paths to changing the world that rest less on rigid ideology imposed from above than on practical transformation.

Financial collapse and crisis; disgust at bankers' greed; the devastating effects of yawning inequality: all these and more have led to widespread dissatisfaction and disenchantment with
capitalism. people are crying out for an alternative but are continually told that one does not exist.

Richard Swift proves this to be wrong with style and assurance. He examines the past shortcomings and present health of not one but many other paths to changing the world, including socialism, social democracy, anarchism, ecology and degrowth.

Combining the practical with the visionary, he shows that finding alternatives to capitalism is no longer an academic issue for the left – it is an urgent planetary necessity.

Foreword  6
Introduction: A sad and beautiful world in peril  9
1  Sources of hope: life before capitalism  13
2  Capitalism: a system of reckless resilience  22
3  State socialism  35
4  The anarchist impulse  50
5  The eco-divide  63
6  The utopia debate  74
7  Rebuilding the alternatives Southern-style  85
8  The democratic emergency  109
9  The autonomous rupture  120
10  What should we stand for?  140
Index  16

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Page Count: 
208
ISBN: 
9781780261706
Dimensions:
13.80 x 21.60cm
UK Publication Date: 
Monday, 12 May, 2014

Swift guides his reader through a troubling political history of 20th Century capitalism and its stunted alternatives. He then explores ways out of our death trap known as business-as-usual. A genuine invitation to both dream and recover from a nightmare.

Federico Demaria

Richard Swift's advocacy of a 'democratic ecosocialism’ as an alternative to capitalism is sustained and persuasive... Eloquent and inspirational.

Jeremy Seabrook, Red Pepper

Richard Swift's S.O.S.: Alternatives to Capitalism makes a major contribution to changing the parameters of political debate. It helps us move beyond the pseudo-alternatives of the political mainstream and begin to work for the kind of change we can believe in without being delusional.

John P Clark, Professor of Philosophy; Loyola

'I came away from S.O.S.with the comforting sense that there was an enjoyable world before capitalism and there can be one after.' 

Barbara Garson, playwright and author of Down the Up escalator: How the 99% live

Richard Swift's thoroughly researched and timely book takes a much-needed view of the alternatives that existed – and still exist – beyond capitalism.

Jaideep Hardikar, journalist and author of A village Awaits Doomsday

Commendably judicious… With S.O.S.: Alternatives to Capitalism, Swift joins a growing strand of 21st-century literature that explores radically different ways of organizing our economy and politics.
 

Cy Gonick, founder and long-time editor of Canadian Dimension magazine

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