Beyond Capitalism?: The Future of Radical Politics by Simon Hardy, Luke Cooper

By Simon Hardy, Luke Cooper

An in-depth exam into the social nature of the austerity main issue and the way we will flow "Beyond Capitalism".

How to maneuver 'beyond capitalism' and no matter if certainly it really is attainable to take action, has develop into a question of basic curiosity, instead of easily the protect of left-literary dialogue, because the credits drawback of 2008. This ebook examines the social nature of the austerity drawback, and even if an anticapitalist message can effectively intersect and create a brand new virtuous dynamic for the novel left after many years of retreat.

Intended as a contribution to debates round basic social swap that have emerged within the wake of Occupy and the Arab revolutions, past Capitalism is a booklet which mixes 'historical sociology' with the politics of social emancipation. The query those routine have posed is how can the unconventional left marshal its frequently meagre forces to create a brand new counter hegemony to the ethos and tradition of capitalism?

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The reply doubtless contains a good amount of truth, yet it is not sufficient, or rather, it says both too much and not enough. It says too much because it should hold in every case, yet it holds only in the cases, precisely, where the revolution has triumphed. Why did the Hungarian proletariat produce as its hardened leader Bela Kun, whom Trotsky assails with his most scornful irony? Why was the German proletariat unable to recognize or to replace Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht? Where was the French Lenin in 1936?

In this case, too, the analysis brings to light profound and comprehensible factors which are at work, but which we are unable to go over again here. 56 The birth of the bureaucracy in Russia is not pure hazard, certainly, and the proof is that bureaucratization has since emerged as the dominant tendency of the modern world. However, in order to understand the bureaucratization of capitalist countries, we appeal to tendencies immanent in the organization of production, of the economy and of the capitalist State.

Its complete rationality would be based on a complete irrationality, for it would be of the nature of a pure fact, a fact so brutal, solid and encompassing that it would stifle us. Finally, under these conditions the primary problem of practice disappears: the fact that men have to give their individual and collective life a signification that is not preassigned, a signification that they have to make while they are at grips with real conditions, which neither exclude nor guarantee the accomplishment of their projects.

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