Anti-Capitalism: A Beginner's Guide by Simon Tormey PDF

By Simon Tormey

ISBN-10: 1780742509

ISBN-13: 9781780742502

The puncture of the good banking bubble and the sprint to austerity has breathed new lifestyles into protest hobbies around the globe and taken anti-capitalist values to the vanguard as by no means prior to. yet what does it suggest to be anti-capitalist? And the place is anti-capitalism going — if anyplace? international civil society specialist Simon Tormey explores those questions, and extra, during this thought-provoking book.

Unlike different, ideologically-narrow introductions, Tormey introduces us to all of the eclectic teams — anarchists, Marxists, autonomists, environmentalists — and notion that make up the anti-capitalist move. supplying international and ancient context, he is taking us from the 1994 Zapatista insurrection during the 1999 Seattle protests correct as much as Occupy Wall road, the Indignados of Spain and the present Greek uprisings. Going past an insignificant descriptive take, Tormey weighs up a variety of probabilities for bringing approximately possible choices to the company domination of our planet. it is a attention-grabbing and ambitious exploration of the way to appreciate the realm — and the way to alter it.

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Thus the basic costs involved in producing anything are themselves relatively high, not least because of the high cost of keeping a worker working. By contrast, costs in the developing world are much lower. Given intense competition it is irrational for capitalists not to take advantage of those conditions which aid the reduction of their costs. Why? Because if I can lower costs then not to do so will be to leave myself open to the possibility that someone else will, in turn putting me out of business.

Here, however, matters get more complicated because the gap between the ‘players’ and the ‘makers of the rules’ has narrowed markedly to the point where we begin to see that often the ‘players’ and the ‘makers’ are the same people, albeit with different ‘hats’ on. In the case of large corporations such as Unilever, they not only make soap powders, they also ‘help’ make the rules by which international commerce is regulated (or not). As Michael Moore, George Monbiot and Gregory Palast (amongst the many) have documented, large corporations ‘help’ by buying the favour of the political elites.

Even this ratio is dwarfed by the situation that obtained in communist states such as the former Soviet Union where the vast bulk of the productive capacity of the country rested in ‘collective’ hands, admittedly a euphemism for the party-state apparatus that ruled the country until its collapse in 1991. The private ownership of the means of production has thus historically supplanted a variety of other kinds of ownership, collective, communal and feudal. It also supplanted varieties of non-ownership, as in hunter-gathering and nomadic forms of life that subsisted without resort to ownership over the land and natural resources.

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