Capital and Its Discontents: Conversations with Radical Thinkers in a Time of Tumult

SKU: 9781604863345
Editor: Sasha Lilley
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781604863345
Published: 3/2011
Format: Paperback
Size: 9 x 6
Subjects: Politics, Economics
Price:
$20.00

Qty: - +

 

Capitalism is stumbling, empire is faltering, and the planet is thawing. Yet many people are still grasping to understand these multiple crises and to find a way forward to a just future. Into the breach come the essential insights of Capital and Its Discontents, which cut through the gristle to get to the heart of the matter about the nature of capitalism and imperialism, capitalism’s vulnerabilities at this conjuncture—and what can we do to hasten its demise.
 
Through a series of incisive conversations with some of the most eminent thinkers and political economists on the Left—including David Harvey, Ellen Meiksins Wood, Mike Davis, Leo Panitch, Tariq Ali, and Noam Chomsky—Capital and Its Discontents illuminates the dynamic contradictions undergirding capitalism and the potential for its dethroning. The book challenges conventional wisdom on the Left about the nature of globalization, neoliberalism, and imperialism, as well as the agrarian question in the Global South. It probes deeply into the roots of the global economic meltdown, the role of debt and privatization in dampening social revolt, and considers capitalism’s dynamic ability to find ever new sources of accumulation—whether through imperial or ecological plunder or the commodification of previously unpaid female labor.
 
The Left luminaries in Capital and Its Discontents look at potential avenues out of the mess—as well as wrong turns and needless detours—drawing lessons from the history of post-colonial states in the Global South, struggles against imperialism past and present, the eternal pendulum swing of radicalism, the corrosive legacy of postmodernism, and the potentialities of the radical humanist tradition. At a moment when capitalism as a system is more reviled than ever, here is an indispensable toolbox of ideas for action by some of the most brilliant thinkers of our times.

Full list of Interviewees:

Noam Chomsky is a laureate professor at the University of Arizona and professor emeritus in the MIT Department of Linguistics and Philosophy. His work is widely credited with having revolutionized the field of modern linguistics and Chomsky is one of the foremost critics of U.S. foreign policy. He has published numerous groundbreaking books, articles, and essays on global politics, history, and linguistics. His recent books include Who Rules the World? and Hopes and Prospects.

Tariq Ali is a historian, novelist, and filmmaker, and the author of many books.  He is a member of the editorial committee of the New Left Review and a contributor to the Guardian and the London Review of Books.

Mike Davis is an urban theorist, historian, and political activist, author of many works including City of Quartz. He is an editor of the New Left Review and received a MacArthur Fellowship Award and the Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction.

Ellen Meiksins Wood, for many years professor of political science at York University, Toronto, is the author of a number of books, including The Origin of Capitalism and Citizens to Lords: A Social History of Western Political Thought from Antiquity to the Middle Ages.

David Harvey is the Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and a pioneering radical geographer. He has written numerous books and is among the 20 most cited authors in the humanities.

Leo Panitch teaches political economy at York University in Toronto and is coeditor of the Socialist Register. He is the author of numerous books, including In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives, published by PM Press.

Doug Henwood is editor of Left Business Observer, author of After the New Economy and Wall Street: How It Works and for Whom, and a contributing editor to The Nation magazine.

A South African native, Gillian Hart is professor of geography at UC Berkeley and the author of Disabling Globalization: Places of Power in Post-Apartheid South Africa.

John Bellamy Foster is the editor of the independent socialist magazine Monthly Review and professor of sociology at the University of Oregon in Eugene.  He is the coauthor, among other works, of The Great Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences.

Ursula Huws is the editor of the international interdisciplinary journal Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation, and the author of The Making of a Cybertariat: Virtual Work in a Real World.

David McNally is professor of political science at York University in Toronto and the author of many books, including Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance, published by PM Press.

Jason W. Moore is a research fellow at the Department of Human Geography at Lund University, Sweden.

Vivek Chibber is professor of sociology at New York University and the author of Locked in Place: State-Building and Late Industrialization in India.

John Sanbonmatsu teaches philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. He is the author of The Postmodern Prince: Critical Theory, Left Strategy, and the Making
 of a New Political Subject

Andrej Grubacic is a dissident from the Balkans. A radical historian and sociologist, he is the coauthor of Wobblies and Zapatistas and author of Don't Mourn, Balkanize! (both from PM Press).

Praise:

“These conversations illuminate the current world situation in ways that are very useful for those hoping to orient themselves and find a way forward to effective individual and collective action. Highly recommended." —Kim Stanley Robinson, New York Times bestselling author of the Mars Trilogy and The Years of Rice and Salt

“In this fine set of interviews, an A-list of radical political economists demonstrate why their skills are indispensable to understanding today’s multiple economic and ecological crises.” —Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved and The Value of Nothing

Capital and Its Discontents presents the thought of many of the most astute analysts of contemporary political economic and cultural developments in accessible interview form. Sasha Lilley's wide-ranging and probing questions prompt her interviewees to address the intersecting crises of our time and to outline frameworks for understanding and responding to them. This collection of interviews introduces the reader to much of the best thinking about social issues on the U.S. left today.” —Barbara Epstein, UC Santa Cruz

 “Reading this wonderful book feels like having a face to face discussion with each author. These brilliant radical thinkers from many parts of the world generously and lucidly share their knowledge and insights on capitalism, empire, and resistance.” —Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, historian and author of Red Dirt and Outlaw Woman

“This is an extremely important book. It is the most detailed, comprehensive, and best study yet published on the most recent capitalist crisis and its discontents. Sasha Lilley sets each interview in its context, writing with style, scholarship, and wit about ideas and philosophies." —Andrej Grubacic, radical sociologist and social critic, author of Don't Mourn, Balkanize! and coauthor of Wobblies and Zapatistas


About the Author:

Sasha Lilley is a writer and radio broadcaster. She is the co-founder and host of the critically acclaimed program of radical ideas, Against the Grain. As program director of KPFA Radio, the flagship station of the Pacifica Network, she headed up such award-winning national broadcasts as Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan. Sasha Lilley is the series editor of PM Press’s political economy imprint, Spectre.

See and hear author interviews, book reviews, and other news on Sasha Lilley's page HERE

Click here to download and print a product information sheet.

Your Name:
Your Email:
Friends Name:
Friends Email:
Message:
Verification:
Related Products
SKU: 9781629631011
Ward Churchill
Wielding Words like Weapons is a collection of acclaimed American Indian Movement activist-intellectual Ward Churchill’s essays in indigenism, selected from material written during the decade 1995–2005.
$27.95

SKU: 9781629630953
Richard Roman and Edur Velasco Arregui
Continental Crucible examines the clash between the corporate offensive and the forces of resistance from both a pan-continental and a class struggle perspective.
$19.95

SKU: 9781604866797
Editor: Strike Debt
The Debt Resisters' Operations Manual is a handbook for debtors everywhere to understand how this system really works, while providing practical tools for fighting debt in its most exploitative forms.
$16.95

SKU: 9781604867473
Peter Linebaugh
This majestic tour de force takes aim at the thieves of land, the polluters of the seas, the ravagers of the forests, the despoilers of rivers, and the removers of mountaintops.
$21.95

SKU: 9781604865899
Sasha Lilley, David McNally, Eddie Yuen, and James Davis
Catastrophism explores the politics of apocalypse and examines why the lens of catastrophe can distort our understanding and impede our ability to transform the world.
$16.00

SKU: 9781604863345d
Editor: Sasha Lilley
A series of incisive conversations with some of the most eminent thinkers and political economists on the Left--including David Harvey, Ellen Meiksins Wood, Mike Davis, Leo Panitch, Noam Chomsky, and Tariq Ali.
$8.95

SKU: 9781604861037
Raj Patel
Ranging from colossal Californian supermarkets to wrecked Indian paddy fields and bankrupt African coffee farms, this audio lecture by Raj Patel scrutinizes the global food network.
$14.95

SKU: 9781604862430
E.P. Thompson
Two impressive figures, William Morris as subject and E.P. Thompson as author, are conjoined in this immense biographical-historical-critical study.
$32.95

SKU: 9781604863055
Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, and Sasha Lilley
Howard Zinn, in one of his final interviews, and Noam Chomsky talk with Against the Grain's Sasha Lilley about their lives, motivating politics, and tumultuous times.
$19.95

SKU: 9781604862126
Leo Panitch, Sam Gindin, and Greg Albo
In and Out of Crisis stands to be the enduring critique of the crisis and an indispensable springboard for a renewed Left.
$13.95

SKU: 9781604863321
David McNally
Analyzes the systemic crisis facing this neoliberal phase of capitalism and argues that far from having ended, the global meltdown has ushered in a whole period of worldwide economic and political turbulence.
$17.00

SKU: 9781604861044
Naomi Klein
This riveting hour-long lecture and interview explains the ideas and research behind Naomi Klein's book that exposed the popular myth of the free market economy's peaceful global victory.
$19.95

SKU: 9781629631486
Editor: Jason W. Moore
Anthropocene or Capitalocene? offers a series of provocative essays on nature and power, humanity, and capitalism.
$21.95

Cart Contents

Your cart is currently empty

Subtotal: $0.00

View Cart & Checkout

GET OUR NEWSLETTER

Recent Posts

PM Press ©Copyright 2019 PM Press   -   Powered by SunShop "Shopping Cart Software"

  • paypal
  • mastercard
  • visa