The Anti-Capitalist Chronicles

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    David Harvey

    Publisher: Pluto Books

    Year: 2020

    Format: Paperback

    Size: 240 pages

    ISBN: 9780745342092

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A primer for how to be an anti-capitalist in the 21st century

Amidst waves of economic crises, health crises, class struggle and neo-fascist reaction, few possess the clarity and foresight of world-renowned theorist, David Harvey. Since the publication of his bestselling A Brief History of Neoliberalism, Harvey has been tracking the evolution of the capitalist system as well as tides of radical opposition rising against it. In The Anti-Capitalist Chronicles, Harvey introduces new ways of understanding the crisis of global capitalism and the struggles for a better world.

While accounting for violence and disaster, Harvey also chronicles hope and possibility. By way of conversations about neoliberalism, capitalism, globalization, the environment, technology, social movements and crises like COVID-19, he outlines, with characteristic brilliance, how socialist alternatives are being imagined under very difficult circumstances.

In understanding the economic, political and social dimensions of the crisis, Harvey's analysis in The Anti-Capitalist Chronicles will be of strategic importance to anyone wanting to both understand and change the world.

About the Author

David Harvey is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has written extensively on the political economy of globalisation, urbanisation, and cultural change. His recent books include Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (Profile Books, 2014) and The Ways of the World (Profile Books, 2016). He contributed the foreword to the Pluto Press edition of The Communist Manifesto (Pluto, 2008; 2017).


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"David Harvey is an inspiration for me, and for people who desperately want a just world order. One of the most perceptive and intelligent thinkers the progressive movement has." Owen Jones

"David Harvey provoked a revolution in his field and has inspired a generation of radical intellectuals." Naomi Klein

Table of Contents

Preface - Jordan T. Camp
Editors’ Note - Jordan T. Camp and Chris Caruso
Author’s Note - David Harvey
1. Global Unrest
2. A Brief History of Neoliberalism
3. Contradictions of Neoliberalism
4. The Financialization of Power
5. The Authoritarian Turn
6. Socialism and Freedom
7. The Significance of China in the World Economy
8. The Geopolitics of Capitalism
9. The Growth Syndrome
10. The Erosion of Consumer Choices
11. Primitive or Original Accumulation
12. Accumulation by Dispossession
13. Production and Realization
14. Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Climate Change
15. Rate versus Mass of Surplus Value
16. Alienation
17. Alienation at Work: The Politics of a Plant Closure
18. Anti-Capitalist Politics in the Time of COVID-19
19. The Collective Response to a Collective Dilemma
Discussion Questions and Further Readings

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