Disassembly Required: A Field Guide to Actually Existing Capitalism

By Geoff Mann

"The book’s argument doesn't depend on ideologies, scapegoats, or heroes. greater than something, Disassembly Required is set one of those good judgment that’s develop into tough to escape—a good judgment of privatization, austerity, and financialization that has invaded nearly each point of our lives and groups. 2008 gave many people a striking window towards whatever diverse, Mann says, yet we don’t have to look forward to one other marketplace crash to discover a fashion out of capitalism."—Sam Ross-Brown, Utne

“An crucial instruction manual for figuring out ‘actually current’ capitalism, and hence the area because it relatively is—rather than because it is theorized and justified by means of the dissembling excessive clergymen of mainstream academia, coverage, and politics.”—Christian Parenti, Tropic of Chaos

“A brilliantly lucid e-book. Mann illuminates the elemental rules of recent capitalism, their expressions in modern economies and states, and their devastating socio-ecological results for operating humans far and wide. this can be a must-read if we're to ascertain methods of organizing our universal planetary life that aren't dependent upon the illusory supplies of marketplace fundamentalism and the suicidal ideology of never-ending financial growth.”—Neil Brenner, New country Spaces

"Geoff Mann is a brand new breed of monkey-wrencher. He understands that modern capitalism has a perverse behavior of dismantling itself and provides us a toolkit to construct a brand new, extra socially simply edifice."—Andy Merrifield, Magical Marxism

"Insightful and incisive, considerate and thorough, packed with new avenues for pondering resistence. go this one by way of at your personal peril."—Matt Hern, Common flooring in a Liquid City

To think how we'd swap capitalism, we first have to are aware of it. to reach actually altering it, we have to be capable to clarify the way it works and persuade others that adjust is either attainable and precious. Disassembly Required is an try to meet these demanding situations, and to supply transparent, available choices to the established order of daily capitalism.

Originally crafted as a accomplished evaluate for more youthful readers, Geoff Mann's clarification of the elemental positive aspects of latest capitalism is illustrated with real-world examples?an perfect advent for someone eager to study extra approximately what capitalism is and the place it falls brief. What emerges is an anti-capitalist critique that absolutely knows the complicated, dynamic, strong organizational computer of recent monetary lifestyles, digging deep into the main points of capitalist associations and the kin that justify them to unearth the politically indefensible and ecologically unsustainable premises that underlie them.

Geoff Mann teaches political financial system and monetary geography at Simon Fraser college, the place he directs the Centre for worldwide Political financial system. he's the writer of Our day-by-day Bread: Wages, staff and the Political financial system of the yank West (2007) and a common contributor to Historical Materialism and New Left Review.

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The New Prophets of Capital (Jacobin)

A deft and caustic takedown of the hot prophets of revenue, from invoice Gates to Oprah

As serious environmental degradation, breathtaking inequality, and extending alienation push capitalism opposed to its personal contradictions, mythmaking has turn into as crucial to maintaining our economic climate as profitmaking.

input the recent prophets of capital: Sheryl Sandberg touting the capitalist paintings ethic because the antidote to gender inequality; John Mackey promising that unfastened markets will heal the planet; Oprah Winfrey urging us to discover ideas to poverty and alienation inside of ourselves; and invoice and Melinda Gates providing the generosity of the 1 percentage because the resolution to a chronic, systemic inequality. the hot prophets of capital buttress an exploitative procedure, whilst the cracks develop extra seen.

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Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism

By Bartow J. Elmore

"Citizen Coke demostrate[s] an entire lack of knowledge approximately . . . the Coca-Cola system―past and present." ―Ted Ryan, the Coca-Cola Company

How did Coca-Cola construct a world empire via promoting a low-price concoction of quite often sugar, water, and caffeine? the straightforward solution is ads, however the actual formulation to Coke’s luck was once its approach, from the beginning, to dump bills and hazards onto providers, franchisees, and the govt. for many of its historical past the corporate owned no bottling vegetation, water assets, cane- or cornfields. A lean operation, it benefited from public items like reasonable municipal water and curbside recycling courses. Its large urge for food for constituents gave it oversized impact on providers and congressional committees. This was once Coca-Cola capitalism.

In this new background Bartow J. Elmore explores Coke via its constituents, exhibiting how the corporate secured great amounts of coca leaf, caffeine, sugar, and different inputs. Its development was once pushed by means of sensible leaders resembling Asa Candler, who scaled an Atlanta soda-fountain operation right into a nationwide empire, and “boss” Robert Woodruff, who nurtured partnerships with businesses like Hershey and Monsanto. those males, and the corporate they helped construct, have been visible as liable voters, bringing jobs and improvement to each nook of the globe. yet as Elmore indicates, Coke was once often getting the candy finish of the deal.

It maintains to take action. along Coke’s contemporary public investments in water purification infrastructure, in particular in Africa, it has additionally built―less publicly―a rash of bottling vegetation in dangerously arid areas. taking a look earlier its message of company citizenship, Elmore reveals a method of relentless growth.

The expenditures shed by way of Coke have fallen at the public at huge. Its annual use of many billions of gallons of water has strained an more and more scarce international source. Its copious servings of high-fructose corn syrup have threatened public overall healthiness. Citizen Coke grew to become a tremendous in an international of abundance. In an international of shortage it's a pressure on assets and all who rely on them.

eight pages of illustrations

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Hungry Capital: The Financialization of Food

By Luigi Russi

Over the previous thirty years, the power of worldwide finance to impact points of way of life has been expanding at an unheard of expense. the realm of nutrients bears brilliant testimony to this tendency, in the course of the scars opened by way of the 2008 global nutrition rate problem, the iron fist of retailing giants that occupy the availability chain and the unsustainable ecological footprint left at the back of via international construction networks.
Hungry Capital bargains a rigorous research of the impact that monetary imperatives exert at the nutrition financial system at varied degrees: from the direct use of suitable for eating commodities as an item of hypothesis to the complicated foodstuff chains manage through brands and supermarkets. It argues that the round compulsion to construct gains upon gains that worldwide finance injects into the area of meals restructures the fundamental nurturing dating among guy and nature right into a streamlined approach from which price needs to be mined. the outcome is a significant Leviathan that holds jointly whereas – at each step – hazards to crumble.

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Capitalism: A Short History

In this e-book, one of many world's most famed historians presents a concise and accomplished historical past of capitalism inside a world viewpoint from its medieval origins to the 2008 monetary predicament and past. From early advertisement capitalism within the Arab international, China, and Europe, to 19th- and twentieth-century industrialization, to modern globalized monetary capitalism, Jürgen Kocka deals an unrivaled account of capitalism, person who weighs its nice achievements opposed to its nice bills, crises, and screw ups. in keeping with extensive examine, the publication places the increase of capitalist economies in social, political, and cultural context, and indicates how their present difficulties and foreseeable destiny are attached to an extended history.

Sweeping in scope, the ebook describes how capitalist growth used to be hooked up to colonialism; how industrialism introduced remarkable innovation, progress, and prosperity but additionally expanding inequality; and the way managerialism, financialization, and globalization later replaced the face of capitalism. The booklet additionally addresses the belief of capitalism within the paintings of thinkers equivalent to Marx, Weber, and Schumpeter, and chronicles how feedback of capitalism is as outdated as capitalism itself, fed by means of its continual contradictions and recurrent emergencies.

Authoritative and available, Capitalism is an enlightening account of a strength that has formed the trendy global like few others.

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Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism (City Lights Open Media)

By Richard D. Wolff

Today’s fiscal problem is capitalism’s worst because the nice melancholy. thousands have misplaced their jobs, houses and healthcare whereas those that paintings watch their pensions, merits, and task defense decline. As progressively more are impacted by way of the obstacle, the method maintains to make the very prosperous even richer. In eye-opening interviews with in demand economist Richard Wolff, David Barsamian probes the basis motives of the present financial problem, its unjust social outcomes, and what can and may be performed to show issues round.  While others blame corrupt bankers and unregulated speculators, the govt., or perhaps the bad who borrowed, the authors express that the factors of the concern run a lot deeper. They succeed in again to the Seventies while the capitalist procedure itself shifted, finishing the century-old trend of emerging wages for U.S. employees and thereby permitting the head 1% to turn into ultra-rich on the fee of the 99%. given that then, fiscal injustice has develop into continual and extra corrupted politics. The Occupy circulate, through articulating deep indignation with the entire procedure, mobilizes large numbers who search easy swap. Occupying the economic system not just clarifies and analyzes the problem in U.S. capitalism this present day, it additionally issues towards ideas which may form a more robust destiny for all.

Richard D. Wolff is professor emeritus of Economics on the collage of Massachusetts, Amherst, and traveling professor on the New university collage. writer of Capitalism Hits the Fan, he’s been a visitor on NPR, Glenn Beck Show, and Democracy Now!

David Barsamian is founder and director of other Radio and writer of Targeting Iran. he's top identified for his interview books with Noam Chomsky, together with Targeting Iran.

“With unerring coherence and unequaled breadth of data, Rick Wolff deals a wealthy and masses wanted corrective to the perspectives of mainstream economists and pundits.”
—Stanley Aronowitz

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Economics Without Illusions: Debunking the Myths of Modern Capitalism

By Joseph Heath

"Economics is haunted via extra fallacies than the other examine identified to man."  -- Henry Hazlitt, Economics in a single Lesson (1946)

Every day financial claims are utilized by the media or in dialog to aid social and political positions. these at the left are likely to mistrust economists, seeing them as buddies of the proper. there's something to this, because specialist economists are just about all prepared supporters of the unfastened industry. but whereas factions at the correct obviously embody economists, additionally they are inclined to overestimate the impact in their aid on free-market regulations. the result's frequent confusion. actually, nearly all as a rule held ideals approximately economics--whether espoused by means of political activists, politicians, reporters or taxpayers--are simply simple wrong.

Professor Joseph Heath desires to increase our monetary literacy and empower us with new rules. In Economics with out Illusions, he attracts on daily examples to skewer the six favorite fiscal fallacies of the ideal, through impaling the six favorite fallacies of the left. Heath leaves no sacred cows untipped as he breaks down complicated arguments and indicates how the realm relatively works. the recognition of such books as Freakonomics and Predictably Irrational demonstrates that individuals need a greater knowing of the monetary forces that have an effect on them.  hugely readable, cogently argued and likely to elevate ire alongside all issues of the socio-political spectrum, Economics with no Illusions offers readers the industrial literacy they should certainly comprehend and critique the professionals and cons of capitalism.

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Working the Aisles: A Life in Consumption

By Robert Appelbaum

Working the Aisles takes the reader on tumultuous using journeys around the usa and France, on mobilephone intercourse escapades in San Francisco, on banking battles in Sweden, and lots of different adventures – together with, after all, on journeys to supermarkets, the place the writer has needed to ‘work the aisles’. relocating from side to side via time, like a novelist, certainly in anything of a memoirist journey de strength, the e-book develops the tale of fight, of poverty and melancholy, but in addition of gaiety and wish, of a will to dwell inspite of all of it, and to maintain operating the aisles. It strikes the reader via highs and lows, via episodes of ecstasy and ideas approximately suicide, and tells how this actual Everyman ended up sane yet sorry.

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The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Commerce

By Deirdre N. McCloskey

For a century and a part, the artists and intellectuals of Europe have scorned the bourgeoisie. And for a millennium and a part, the philosophers and theologians of Europe have scorned undefined. The bourgeois existence, capitalism, Mencken’s “booboisie” and David Brooks’s “bobos”—all were, and nonetheless are, framed as being liable for every thing from monetary to ethical poverty, international wars, and non secular desuetude. Countering those centuries of assumptions and unexamined pondering is Deirdre McCloskey’s The Bourgeois Virtues, a magnum opus that gives a thorough view: capitalism is sweet for us.

McCloskey’s sweeping, fascinating, or even funny survey of moral concept and monetary realities—from Plato to Barbara Ehrenreich—overturns each assumption we now have approximately being bourgeois. are you able to be virtuous and bourgeois? Do markets increase ethics? Has capitalism made us greater in addition to richer? sure, certain, and convinced, argues McCloskey, who takes on centuries of capitalism’s critics together with her erudition and sheer scope of data. using a brand new culture of “virtue ethics” to our lives in smooth economies, she affirms American capitalism with no ignoring its faults and celebrates the bourgeois lives we really stay, with out supposing that they need to be lives with no moral foundations.

High Noon, Kant, invoice Murray, the trendy novel, van Gogh, and naturally economics and the economic climate all come into play in a ebook that could in simple terms be defined as a enormous undertaking and a life’s paintings. The Bourgeois Virtues is not anything under a blinding reinterpretation of Western highbrow historical past, a dead-serious respond to the critics of capitalism—and a stunning page-turner.

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Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex

By William D. Hartung

When President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his well-known caution concerning the risks of the military-industrial advanced, he by no means could have dreamed unmarried corporation may well acquire the type of energy and effect that's now wielded by way of Lockheed Martin. As a full-service guns maker, Lockheed Martin gets over $29 billion a 12 months in Pentagon contracts, or approximately one out of each ten cash the dept of safety doles out to non-public contractors. Prophets of War recounts the attention-grabbing and often-frightening historical past of America's greatest army contractor in addition to its function within the formation of international policy.

The corporation has produced undercover agent satellites; helped the Pentagon gather own facts on U.S. voters; supplied interrogators for employment at Guantanamo Bay; synthetic our highest-tech airplane; and extra. It has additionally been embroiled in different scandals — from bribing officers within the Netherlands, Italy, and Japan in trade for the acquisition of Lockheed airplanes within the Nineteen Seventies, to the availability of $600 bathroom covers and $7,000 espresso makers to the Pentagon within the 1980s.

William D. Hartung's mesmerizing exposé chronicles the expansion of Lockheed Martin into some of the most influential enterprises on this planet, and examines the pivotal function the corporate has had in America's metastasizing army commercial advanced. It asks: How has one corporation turn into the recipient of the sort of huge component of America's tax funds via contracts with the Pentagon, NASA, the dept of place of birth safeguard, the dept of power, the NSA, or even the U.S. Census and the IRS? Hartung's meticulous, hard-hitting historical past follows Lockheed Martin's meteoric development and unravels how this fingers great has contributed to shaping U.S. overseas coverage for decades.

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