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How to Be an Anticapitalist in the Twenty-First Century
by Erik Olin Wright
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Capitalism has transformed the world and increased our productivity, but at the cost of enormous human suffering. Our shared values equality and fairness, democracy and freedom, community and solidarity can both provide the basis for a critique of capitalism, and help to guide us towards a socialist and democratic society. In this elegant book, Erik Olin Wright has distilled decades of work into a concise and tightly argued manifesto analyzing the varieties of anti-capitalism, assessing different strategic approaches, and laying the foundations for a society dedicated to human flourishing. How to Be an Anticapitalist is an urgent and powerful argument for socialism, and a unparalleled guide to help us get there. Another world is possible.
This short book is more than just a type of 'self-help' or 'how-to-do something' book. Sociologist Erik Olin Wright distilled some of the ideas from his previous book in 2010, Envisioning Real Utopias, with a comprehensive and accessible explanation to all kinds of readers. There are also changes in his thoughts that have developed through times and followed the current era.
He showed all of the more complex problems within capitalism and provided the glimmer of hope to reduce it at the same time. He proposed 'eroding capitalism' as a new strategic idea, combining the civil society-centered (bottom-up) strategies, such as resisting and escaping capitalism, with a state-centered strategy (top-down) of taming capitalism.
Wright also shared the same argument about Unconditional Basic Income with David Graeber in Bullshit Jobs, that UBI would allow people to reject exploitative work and capitalist labor market. With UBI that is funded from taxes paid by higher earners, people could do work that does them and the society good in any sector.
I’d recommend this book to anyone with or without a background in sociology or economics. This book is an accessible primer to the anticapitalist ideas that we need in the current social climate.
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This book is good and makes a clear and compelling case for a multi-teared approach to collective action, challenging simplistic distinctions between "our individual consumer choices/actions don't matter" and "we must build a working-class movement to overthrow the capitalist state." etc. etc. Decades of thought distilled into an easily digestible treatise, there are few wasted words and no wasted sentences. ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE. SEE YOU THERE.
What is wrong with capitalism, and how can we change it? Capitalism has transformed the world and increased our productivity, but at the cost of enormous human suffering. Our shared values--equality and fairness, democracy and freedom, community and solidarity--can provide both the basis for a critique of capitalism and help to guide us toward a socialist and democratic society. Erik Olin Wright has distilled decades of work into this concise and tightly argued manifesto: analyzing the varieties of anticapitalism, assessing different strategic approaches, and laying the foundations for a society dedicated to human flourishing. How to Be an Anticapitalist in the Twenty-First Century is an urgent and powerful argument for socialism, and an unparalleled guide to help us get there. Another world is possible. Included is an afterword by the author's close friend and collaborator Michael Burawoy.
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