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

By Simon Tormey

ISBN-10: 1780742509

ISBN-13: 9781780742502

The puncture of the nice banking bubble and the sprint to austerity has breathed new existence into protest routine around the globe and taken anti-capitalist values to the leading edge as by no means prior to. yet what does it suggest to be anti-capitalist? And the place is anti-capitalism going — if anyplace? worldwide civil society professional 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 worldwide and old context, he is taking us from the 1994 Zapatista rebellion throughout the 1999 Seattle protests correct as much as Occupy Wall road, the Indignados of Spain and the present Greek uprisings. Going past a trifling descriptive take, Tormey weighs up a variety of chances for bringing approximately choices to the company domination of our planet. this can be a interesting and ambitious exploration of the way to appreciate the realm — and the way to alter it.

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Here, in short, we see a process by which the economic relation of feudalism, namely control over the person is transformed into the capitalist economic relation in which some people buy other people’s labour power. Whereas in the market place of Ancient Rome or of ante bellum America it was people who were bought and sold, in the capitalist market place it is our labour power that is bought and sold. But what is our labour power bought and sold for? Why do people need to buy and sell labour power?

All this is because it is (remember) in capital’s own interest to seek the cheapest possible cost base, the cheapest resources and labour that it can find to produce the goods it wishes to produce. Such developments conform to what is sometimes termed the ‘logic of capitalist accumulation’. To keep her business going the capitalist entrepreneur has to compete effectively, and this in turn means finding the most productive, most competitive, most commodious environment in which to operate. Not to do so is, as the history of contemporary capitalism painfully illustrates, to consign one’s business to the dustbin of history.

It is for this reason that even Marx paused – part in admiration, part in incredulity – at the sheer relentlessness of the system, even whilst exclaiming how much he detested it. Capitalism today So far we have been describing capitalism in fairly abstract terms. That is, we have been trying to extract what it is that unites the very early forms of capitalist society with what we see around us today, but what we see around us Now is very different in many ways to what existed Then. It is time to think about what these differences are so we get a better sense of what capitalism is.

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