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SOS Alternatives to Capitalism

Swift, Richard
Publisher:  New Internationalist/Between the Lines, Oxford, United Kingdom
Date Written:  01/04/2014
Year Published:  2014  
Pages:  208pp   ISBN:  9781771131568
Dewey:  330.122
Resource Type:  Book

An investigation of the alternatives to capitalism, including socialism, anarchism and deep ecology.


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 capitalism vulnerable and out-of-step in the wake of financial crises, this book investigates the alternatives that are on offer - 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.

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Table of Contents

Forward by Cy Gonick
Introduction: a sad and beautiful world in peril
1. Sources of hope: life before capitalism
2. Capitalism: a source of reckless resilience
3. State socialism
4. The anarchist impulse
5. The eco-divide
6. The utopia debate
7. Rebuilding the alternatives Southern-style
8. The democratic emergency
9. The autonomous rupture
10. What should we stand for?


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