capitalism

A Decade Since the Financial Crash

The world economy is in poor shape and the American economy is in even worse condition. The 2008 crisis has not been resolved and many analysts fear a new financial explosion. Capital continues to stay clear of investment in production and is trying to recover without running up more debts. Company returns are low, profit rates are decreasing. Capital is moving more and more into speculation. It is the same old situation, except that the rescue costs of the previous crisis cannot be repeated in the next crisis. The sound of war can be heard in the distance, accompanied by the rising threat of a new, catastrophic barbarism.

Links to PDFs of 96 left-wing books

Here's a list (taken from wrightswriting.com) of some good leftist books. Click on the titles for the PDFs. It's a somewhat arbitrary list, but I tried to keep it confined to fairly easy-to-read books, not overly theoretical or abstruse ones that might leave the beginning reader bewildered. I've been unable to find PDFs of certain excellent works, unfortunately. You can also check out the extraordinary footnotes to Chomsky's Understanding Power, which have informative excerpts from hundreds of books. .

Letters of Insurgents - Audiobook

An unabridged reading of Fredy Perlman's novel Letters of Insurgents by the group Audio Anarchy.

Taking stock: Reflections on the uncertain likelihood of a European revolution – Miguel Amorós

A 2018 assessment of the prospects for a communist revolution in Europe, where the “logic of the commodity and of unbridled economic development has so profoundly penetrated society that it has successfully prevented the appearance of any collective revolutionary subject”, in a situation in which “thinking constitutes the most radical and daring act, and also the one that arouses the most suspicion and hostility” but also one in which the elements for “a rigorous historical vision” (“ecological critique, anti-development analysis, anthropological studies and value theory”) are present, which could serve as the basis of orientation for “authentic revolutionary thought”.

Global Warming: Capitalism Threatens the Planet

Capitalism is killing the planet. The answer should be staring every environmentalist in the face: get rid of capitalism!

Walter Rodney's "How Europe Underdeveloped Africa"

Notes on a classic work of dependency theory.

Gabriel Kolko's "The Triumph of Conservatism: A Reinterpretation of American History 1900–1916"

(See wrightswriting.com for more commentaries on left-wing scholarship.)

The Book of Joe: A Satire of Capitalist Society

An updating of the Bible's Book of Job for modern society.

Are we now in a period of transition from capitalism to socialism? H. Ticktin’s concept of decline and transition

Capitalism must be overthrown before a transitional period can be initiated. There must be a total rupture with value production. In order for this to happen the working class must capture political power and set about consciously transforming social production relations. Ticktin’s conceptions seem like those other aficionados of a seamless transition to communism, who have long lost hope in the working class being the agent of revolution.