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It is exhilarating to read of the multiple possibilities that already exist and can serve as an energizing inspiration to action. Eloquent and inspirational. - Jeremy Seabrook, Red Pepper.

Grounded in an impressive base in the literature of alternatives to capitalism and in a wide knowledge of many social movements around the world. -

Richard Swift’s SOS 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 at Loyola University, New Orleans, and author of The Impossible Community.

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Richard Swift knows that our planet and its people are in big trouble. Hence his title S.O.S. Yet his examination of the causes and the possible solutions is thoughtful, historical minded and humane. - Barbara Garson, playwright and author of Down the Up Escalator: How the 99% Live.

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, Research & Degrowth, Barcelona.

Capitalism is killing the planet and its people and yet we are told there is no alternative. This book shows that multiple possibilities do exist, and always have done. Swift dissects history and cuts through resistant thinking with brilliant ideas. He advocates less ideology and more practical transformation based on democratic self-governance, degrowth, social wages and control of financial markets.

More by Richard Swift

Listen to an in-depth interview with Richard Swift on Against the Grain Radio.

And, hear Richard Swift voice his views on how recasting our relationships to the commons should take pride of place as we build alternatives to capitalism on OpenDemocracy NET.

Hope for imagining a world beyond corporate control’ - P2P Foundation

‘How we can avoid heading over an economic and ecological cliff.’ - Spectrezine

About the Author:

Richard Swift is a journalist/activist who works in print and radio. He was for more than two decades an editor of the New Internationalist magazine. He has written a number of books on themes as diverse as mosquitoes and street gangs. His current interests include forms of radical democracy and ecological degrowth alternatives.

Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 978-1-78026-374-8
Dimensions: 216 mm x 138 mm
Page extent: 190

Date added: November 18, 2016

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