Life Without Money : Building Fair and Sustainable Economies
The money-based global economy is failing. The credit crunch undermined capitalism's ability to ensure rising incomes and prosperity while market-led attempts to combat climate change are fought tooth and nail by business as environmental crises continue. We urgently need to combat those who say 'there is no alternative' to the current system, but what would an alternative look like? The contributors to Life Without Money argue that it is time radical, non-market models were taken seriously. The book brings together diverse voices presenting strong arguments against our money-based system's ability to improve lives and prevent environmental disaster. Crucially, it provides a direct strategy for undercutting capitalism by refusing to deal in money, and offers money-free models of governance and collective sufficiency. Life Without Money is written by high-profile activist scholars, including Harry Cleaver, Ariel Salleh and John O'Neill, making it an excellent text for political economy and environmental courses, as well as an inspiring manifesto for those who want to take action.
- Hardback | 256 pages
- 140 x 218 x 20mm | 399.16g
- 15 Nov 2011
- PLUTO PRESS
- London, United Kingdom
Table of contents
CONTENTS Preface Acknowledgements List of Boxes Abbreviations 1. Use Value and Exchange Value, by Anitra Nelson and Frans Timmerman PART I. CRITIQUES OF CAPITALISM AND COMMUNISM 2. Money v. Socialism, by Anitra Nelson - Honorary Associate Professor of RMIT University (Australia) 3. Work Refusal and Self-Organisation, by Harry Cleaver - Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Texas (Austin) 4. Money, Markets and Ecology, by John O'Neill - Hallsworth Professor of Political Economy at the University of Manchester (England) 5. The Value of a Synergistic Economy, by Ariel Salleh - Researcher in Political Economy at the University of Sydney (Australia), and previously Associate Professor in Social Ecology at the University of Western Sydney 6. A Gift Economy, by Terry Leahy - Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Newcastle (Australia) PART II. ACTIVISM AND EXPERIMENTS 7. Non-Market Socialism, by Adam Buick - Member of the Socialist Party of Great Britain and regular contributor to the Socialist Standard 8. Self-Management and Efficiency, by Mihailo Markovi - Widely published Serbian philosopher and scholar, worked for many years in the University of Belgrade Faculty of Philosophy 9. Labour Credit - Twin Oaks Community, by Kat Kinkade with the Twin Oaks Community - Founding member of Twin Oaks Community, established in Virginia (USA) in 1967, and co-founder of the East Wind and Acorn communities, and the Federation of Egalitarian Communities, which still exist today 10. The Money-Free Autonomy of Spanish Squatters, by Claudio Cattaneo - Obtained his PhD at the Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) and teaches ecological economics at Carlo Cattaneo University (Italy) 11. Global Strategy: Contract and Converge, by Anitra Nelson and Frans Timmerman - Prominent socialist faction leader in the Australian Labor Party for decades and a political adviser to several members of parliament. Co-editor of Free Palestine published by the General Palestinian Delegation in Australia (1979-1990) Notes on Contributors Index
The collapse of capitalism will also be an end to money as the prime regulator of society-an eventuality both hard to imagine and necessary to understand. Anitra Nelson and Frans Timmerman have assembled an indispensable collection for those who are bold enough to explore this dramatic prospect. Life Without Money is an essential guidebook for the great debate now unfolding and around which our hopes for a worthwhile future unfold. -- Joel Kovel, author of Enemy of Nature (2002; 2007) and Overcoming Zionism (Pluto, 2007) A timely contribution to an under-researched and under-reported area of economics: the theory of money and proposals for alternatives to the globalised capitalist financial system. I would recommend it to anyone interested in finding ways to develop an economy that functions without money. -- Molly Scott Cato, Reader in Green Economics, Cardiff School of Management
About Anitra Nelson
Anitra Nelson is an Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning at RMIT University (Australia). She is the author of Marx's Concept of Money: The God of Commodities (1999) and edited Steering Sustainability in an Urbanizing World: Policy Practice and Performance (2007). Frans Timmerman was a socialist faction leader in the Australian Labor Party and political adviser to members of parliament. He edited Free Palestine (1979-1990), published by the General Palestinian Delegation in Australia. He died in 2014.