Anti-Capitalism: A Beginner's Guide

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Every aspect of the anti-capitalist world is covered in this helpful guide, from WOMBLES to Zapatistas, NGOs to environmentalism, Paris 1968 to Seattle, and beyond.


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Picking up where Naomi Klein left off, this is not so much a manifesto as a roadmap, which captures the essence of the movement, and also articulates a range of possibilities for future alternatives to the corporate domination of our planet.

The puncture of the great banking bubble and the dash to austerity has breathed new life into protest movements across the globe and brought anti-capitalist values to the forefront as never before. But what does it mean to be anti-capitalist? And where is anti-capitalism going — if anywhere? Global civil society expert Simon Tormey explores these questions, and more, in this thought-provoking book.

Unlike other, ideologically-narrow introductions, Tormey introduces us to all the eclectic groups — anarchists, Marxists, autonomists, environmentalists — and thought that make up the anti-capitalist movement. Providing global and historical context, he takes us from the 1994 Zapatista insurrection through the 1999 Seattle protests right up to Occupy Wall Street, the Indignados of Spain and the current Greek uprisings. Going beyond a mere descriptive take, Tormey weighs up a range of possibilities for bringing about alternatives to the corporate domination of our planet. This is a fascinating and bold exploration of how to understand the world — and how to change it.

'A useful account of the failure of hyper-capitalism, and of those who oppose it.' -Paul Kingsnorth

'I strongly support this book, it is a good critical (or self-critical) guide to the movement and exactly what the movement needs at its current stage.' -Boris Kagarlitsky

'This is clear, helpful and enlightening, even for a hoary old campaigner like me. I have learnt a lot from this book, and I'm sure that you will do so as well.' -George Monbiot

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Author Simon Tormey
Publisher Oneworld Publications
Page Count 192pp
Publication Size 5 x 7.75 x .75
Publication Notes softcover, revised edition
Publication Date July 23, 2013
ISBN 978-1780742502

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