Babylon and Beyond

Babylon and Beyond : The Economics of Anti-capitalist, Anti-globalist and Radical Green Movements

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"A thoughtful and inspiring guide to capitalism and anti-capitalism. This really is the first book that carefully explains the different varieties of anti-capitalist thought ...I thoroughly recommend that you read Babylon and Beyond." Caroline Lucas, MEP "There are far too many books on anti-capitalism out there already -- but with Babylon and Beyond, Derek Wall has removed the need to read most of them. Just read this one: a succinct, intelligent and witty summary of what it's all about." Paul Kingsnorth, author of One No, Many Yeses: A Journey to the Heart of the Global Resistance Movement "A synthesis of Red and Green is the future of progressive politics. Wall illuminates the interface of ecological and socialist ideas; divining common threads and offering the hope of a democratic, just and sustainable future for humankind." Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner Babylon and Beyond provides the first clear and accessible guide to the economics of anti-capitalism. Anti-capitalism is a diverse movement: critics accuse it of knowing what it is against, but not knowing what it is for. Anti-capitalists want radical change, but what shape should that change take? The truth is that different sections of the movement advocate distinct -- sometimes complementary, sometimes contradictory -- programmes for change. This book concentrates on perhaps the most divisive issue of all in the anti-capitalist struggle: how to transform the economy. There are greens who think we must hold back economic growth and Marxists who believe the economy must move forward along capitalist lines before there can be revolutionary change; there are those who remain faithful to notions of collective or state ownership of all aspects of the economy, and those who think various kinds of reform or regulation of capitalist practice is more appropriate. Babylon and Beyond is a modern guidebook to the complicated terrain of alternatives to global capitalism. Derek Wall explains and summarises the rich variety of theories available within the anti-capitalist movement. Chapters cover Marxism, Autonomism, Anarchism, Ecosocialism, Capitalist reformers (like George Soros and Joseph Stiglitz), Green localists (like Colin Hines), and others. Unique in its coverage, clear and accessible, the book is ideal for activists, and anyone who is trying to find a useful way forward. This book is published in association with the Green Economics Institute.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 136 x 214 x 18mm | 399.17g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9 photos
  • 074532391X
  • 9780745323916

About Derek Wall

Derek Wall is the author of six books including The Rise of the Green Left (Pluto 2010), The Sustainable Economics of Elinor Ostrom (Routledge 2014) and, with Penny Kemp, A Green Manifesto for the 1990s (Penguin, 1990). He teaches Political Economy at Goldsmiths College, University of London and is International Coordinator of the Green Party of England and Wales.show more

Table of contents

Foreword: Nandor Tanczos 1 Warm Conspiracies and Cold Concepts 2 Vaccinating against Anti-Capitalism: Stiglitz, Soros and Friends 3 White Collar Global Crime Syndicate: Korten, Klein and other Anti-Corporates 4 Small is Beautiful: Green Localism 5 Planet Earth Money Martyred: Social Credit and Monetary Reform 6 Imperialism Unlimited: Marxisms 7 The Tribe of Moles: Autonomism, Anarchism and Empire 8 Marx on the Seashore: Ecosocialist Alternatives 9 Life After Capitalism: Alternatives, Structures, Strategies References Indexshow more

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Here, there and everywhere, human beings are picking themselves up from the rubble of capital's eco-destruction and assembling the means for a worthwhile existence. Derek Wall does a beautiful job of weaving these threads into a strong fabric. The children of the future will look back on Babylon and Beyond with gratitude. -- Joel Kovel, Distinguished Professor of Social Studies, Bard College, New York and author of The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or the End of the World? Derek Wall has produced a thoughtful and inspiring guide to capitalism and anti-capitalism. This really is the first book that carefully explains the different varieties of anti-capitalist thought including green localism, ecosocialism and Hardt and Negri's autonomism. Drawing upon his experience as an economist he makes the most seemingly obscure ideas clear, while showing that there are practical alternatives to neo-liberalism and old fashioned socialism. I thoroughly recommed that you read Babylon and Beyond. -- Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavilion Funny, lateral and unique - an erudite Green primer on global justice. The Idiot's Idiot's Guide. -- Matthew Tempest, Political Correspondent, Guardian Unlimited Usually the green perspective is simply tagged on to the red. Derek Wall is that rare breed: a real red-green hybrid. In this book, his eco-marxism comes alive as he guides us through the major issues and leading theorists with a lightness of touch and personal warmth which makes even the most complicated of arguments accessible. -- Hilary Wainwright, Editor of Red Pepper There are far too many books on anti-capitalism out there already - but with Babylon and Beyond, Derek Wall has removed the need to read most of them. Just read this one: a succinct, intelligent and witty summary of what it's all about. -- Paul Kingsnorth, author of One No, Many Yeses: A Journey to the Heart of the Global Resistance Movement A synthesis of Red and Green is the future of progressive politics. Wall illuminates the interface of ecological and socialist ideas; divining common threads and offering the hope of a democratic, just and sustainable future for humankind. -- Peter Tatchell, human rights campaignershow more

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