Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power: Capitalism, Creativity and the Commons

By Max Haiven

At the present time, whilst it kind of feels like every thing has been privatized, while austerity is simply too usually noticeable as an monetary or political challenge that may be solved via larger coverage, and while the assumption of ethical values has been commandeered via the best, how will we re-imagine the forces used as guns opposed to group, cohesion, ecology and existence itself?

In this stirring name to hands, Max Haiven argues that capitalism has colonized how all of us think and convey what's useful. the decline of the general public sphere, the corporatization of schooling, the privatization of creativity, and the ability of finance capital against the ability of the mind's eye and the expansion of up to date social pursuits, Haiven presents a strong argument for developing an anti-capitalist commons. Capitalism isn't in trouble, it is the situation, and relocating past it's the simply key to survival.

Crucial examining for all these wondering the imposition of austerity and hoping for a fairer destiny past it.

Listen to Haiven speak about the e-book at the KPFA (Berkeley, CA) exhibit Against the Grain

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Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion (Counterfire)

By Tansy E. Hoskins

Stitched Up delves into the captivating global of style to bare what's in the back of the garments we put on. relocating among Karl Lagerfeld and Karl Marx, the publication explores consumerism, classification and ads to bare the pursuits which take advantage of exploitation.

Tansy E. Hoskins dissects fashion’s vampiric courting with the planet and with bodies to discover what makes it so harmful. Why does ‘size 0’ exist and what's the truth of operating lifestyles for types? In a critique of the portrayal of race in model, the book also examines the worldwide stability of energy within the industry.

Beautifully illustrated with particularly commissioned designs, In a compelling end Stitched Up explores using garments to withstand. are you able to surprise an that likes to surprise? Is ‘green model’ an alternate? Stitched Up offers a distinct serious exam of up to date tradition and the distorting priorities of capitalism.

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Capitalist Realism: Is there no alternative? (Zero Books)

By Mark Fisher

After 1989, capitalism has effectively awarded itself because the simply reasonable political-economic process - a state of affairs that the financial institution concern of 2008, faraway from finishing, really compounded. The e-book analyses the advance and critical positive aspects of this capitalist realism as a lived ideological framework. utilizing examples from politics, motion pictures, fiction, paintings and schooling, it argues that capitalist realism colors all parts of latest event. however it also will express that, due to a couple of inconsistencies and system faults inner to the capitalist truth software capitalism in reality is something yet reasonable.

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Poker: The Parody of Capitalism

By Ole Bjerg

Poker is a unprecedented world wide phenomenon with significant social, cultural, and political implications, and "Poker: The Parody of Capitalism" investigates the sport of poker as a cultural expression of importance no longer in contrast to paintings, literature, movie, or tune. Tracing the background of poker and evaluating the evolution of the sport to the advance of capitalism, Ole Bjerg complicates frequent notions of "casino capitalism" and correspondingly facile and simplistic comparisons of overdue capitalism and poker. through utilising Slavoj Zižek's threefold contrast among imaginary-symbolic-real as a philosophical framework to research poker and to appreciate the fundamental concepts of the sport, Bjerg explores the structural features of poker on the subject of different video games, creating a transparent contrast among poker and different playing video games of natural likelihood equivalent to roulette and craps. With its mix of social conception and empirical examine, "Poker "offers an enticing exploration of a cultural trend.

""Poker" is a theoretically subtle, hugely unique and cutting edge therapy of a latest social phenomenon, and contributes vastly to our knowing of the character of latest capitalism."
"--Charles Livingstone, Monash college Australia"

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The Ecological Rift: Capitalism's War on the Earth

By John Bellamy Foster, Richard York, Brett Clark

Humanity within the twenty-first century is dealing with what could be defined as its final environmental disaster: the destruction of the weather that has nurtured human civilization and with it the foundation of existence on the earth as we all know it. All ecosystems on the earth at the moment are in decline. huge, immense rifts were pushed throughout the smooth cloth of the biosphere. The financial system and the earth are headed for a fateful collision—if we don’t adjust course.

In The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s warfare at the Earth environmental sociologists John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark, and Richard York provide a thorough overview of either the matter and the answer. They argue that the resource of our ecological situation lies within the paradox of wealth in capitalist society, which expands person riches on the price of public wealth, together with the wealth of nature. within the strategy, an important ecological rift is pushed among people and nature, undermining the stipulations of sustainable lifestyles: a rift within the metabolic relation among humanity and nature that's irreparable inside of capitalist society, when you consider that fundamental to its very legislation of motion.

Critically interpreting the sanguine arguments of mainstream economists and technologists, Foster, Clark, and York insist in its place that basic alterations in social kin needs to take place if the ecological (and social) difficulties almost immediately dealing with us are to be transcended. Their research is determined by the improvement of a deep dialectical naturalism serious about problems with ecology and evolution and their interplay with the economic system. Importantly, they provide purposes for progressive wish in relocating past the regime of capital and towards a society of sustainable human development.

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Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father--and How We Can Fix It

By David Goldhill

A visionary research that would switch the best way we predict approximately well-being care: how and why it truly is failing, why increasing assurance will really make issues worse, and the way our healthiness care could be reworked right into a obvious, reasonable, winning system.
In 2007, David Goldhill’s father died from infections got in a clinic, one in all greater than 2 hundred thousand avoidable deaths consistent with 12 months brought on by clinical mistakes. The invoice was once enormous—and Medicare paid it. those conditions left Goldhill indignant and made up our minds to appreciate how world-class expertise and team of workers may coexist with such carelessness—and how a company that failed so miserably might be paid in complete. Catastrophic Care is the eye-opening result.

Blending own anecdotes and vast learn, Goldhill offers us with cogent, biting research that demanding situations the elemental preconceptions that experience formed our considering for many years. Contrasting the Island of future health care with the Mainland of our financial system, he demonstrates that top charges, extra drugs, poor provider, and scientific mistakes are the inevitable outcomes of our insurance-based method. He explains why coverage efforts to mend those difficulties have always produced perverse effects, and the way the recent cheap Care Act is prone to deepen than to unravel those matters.

Goldhill steps open air the incremental and wonkish debates to question the traditional knowledge blinding us to extra primary concerns. He proposes a entire new means, the place the buyer (the sufferer) is first—a approach involved in overall healthiness and protecting it, a procedure powerful and colourful adequate for our future.

If you think that well-being care is attention-grabbing simply to institutes and politicians, reassess: Catastrophic Care is astounding, attractive, and brimming with insights born of questions no one has inspiration to invite. specifically it's a e-book of latest principles which can remodel the way in which we comprehend a subject matter we regularly take for granted.

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Islamic Finance: Instruments and Markets (QFINANCE: The Ultimate Resource)

By Various

Islamic Finance: tools and Markets seems on the program of Sharia legislation to the realm of banking and finance. It provide you with an realizing of the reason at the back of the tools and the swiftly constructing Islamic monetary markets. insurance comprises in-depth research of the monetary tools in the Sharia framework and the way they're utilized in a number of sectors together with coverage, funding and capital markets. Regulatory matters also are mentioned either from the position of the Sharia board to reporting monetary chance to criminal our bodies.

It addresses concerns similar to bringing a brand new moral measurement to Banking via to The overseas function of Islamic Finance and offers you with a number checklists from company Ethics in Islamic Finance to The position of the Shariah Advisory Board in Islamic Finance and Regulatory and Capital concerns lower than Shariah legislations.

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Growth Fetish

By Clive Hamilton

'Right heading in the right direction and badly needed.' Noam Chomsky 'Breaks new floor through asking us to imagine what a post-growth, environmentally reliable society may well really be like. . . . essentially, stylishly written.' Hugh Stretton 'An incisive critique of ways the worldwide fiscal and political platforms have grew to become us into the depressing wealthy. no matter what you opt to do and at any place you cross, you are going to make the most of preserving as replica of progress Fetish tucked up your sleeve.' Sydney Morning usher in 'This is a robust assertion concerning the failure of the rat-race society and the necessity for a brand new philosophy of sociable living.' Professor Richard Layard, London university of Economics for many years our political leaders and opinion makers have touted greater earning because the approach to a greater destiny. financial development ability larger lives for us all. yet after a long time of sustained monetary progress and elevated own earning we needs to confront an lousy truth: we are not any happier. this is often the good contradiction of recent politics. during this provocative new ebook, Clive Hamilton argues that, faraway from being the reply to our difficulties, development fetishism and the selling society lie on the center of our social ills. they've got corrupted our social priorities and political buildings, and feature created a profound experience of alienation between old and young. progress Fetish is the 1st severe try at a politics of swap for wealthy nations ruled through illnesses of affluence, the place the true craving isn't really for more cash yet for real id, and the place the long run lies in making a society that promotes the issues that actually do enhance our health.

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