1st Edition

Moving Beyond Capitalism

Edited By Cliff DuRand Copyright 2016
    244 Pages
    by Routledge

    244 Pages
    by Routledge

    The book speaks to the widespread quest for concrete alternative ways forward 'beyond capitalism' in the face of the prevailing corporatocracy and a capitalist system in crisis. It examines a number of institutions and practices now being built in the nooks and crannies of present societies and that point beyond capitalism toward a more equal, participatory, and democratic society – institutions such as cooperatives, public banks, the commons, economic democracy. This seminal collection of critical studies draws on academic and activist voices from the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Cuba, and Argentina, and from a variety of theoretical-political perspectives – Marxism, anarchism, feminism, and Zapatismo.

    Forward by Richard D. Wolff

    Part I: Economic Democracy / The Social Economy

    1. Beyond Capitalism to Sustainability: The Public Bank Solution

    Ellen Brown

    2. Building a Grassroots Democratic Economy: The Rising Tide of Local Self-Reliance, Workplace Democracy, and Social Justice

    Len Krimerman

    3. Worker’s Economy in Argentina: Self Management, Cooperatives and Recovered Enterprises in a Time of Global Crisis

    Andre Ruggeri

    4. Cooperative Cuba

    Cliff DuRand

    Part II: The Commons

    5. Commoning Together

    Cliff DuRand

    6. Building the Commons as an Antidote to the Predatory Market Economy

    Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese

    7. Autogestión: Prefiguring a New Cooperativism and the ‘Labor Commons’

    Marcelo Vieta

    8. Divisions in the Commons: Ecuador’s FLOK Society and the Zapatistas’ Escuelita

    George Caffentzis

    Part III: Alternatives to a System in Crisis

    9. Economic Crises, Environmental Crises: Moving beyond Capitalism

    David Schweickart

    10. The Left and a Green New Deal

    Jerry Harris

    11. Alternatives to Development in Latin America

    Rebecca Hollender

    Part IV: Bringing Politics Back In

    12. The Limits of Localism

    Gregory Diamant

    13. Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope

    Cynthia Kaufman

    14. Toward A Stronger, More Influential Political Left: An Appeal for Critical Self-Reflection

    Michael McCabe

    Part V: Socialism in the 21st Century

    15. Building a 21st Century Socialism

    Cliff DuRand

    16. Out of the Abyss, the New World

    Gustavo Esteva

    17. The Communal State (Venezuela): Communal Councils and Workplace Democracy

    Dario Azzellini

    18. The Necessary Renovation of Socialist Hegemony in Cuba: Contradictions and Challenges

    Olga Fernández Ríos

    19. Cuba’s Cooperatives: Their Contribution to Cuba’s New Socialism

    Camila Piñeiro Harnecker

    20. The Dialectic of Constituent Power and Constituted Power

    Cliff DuRand


    Cliff DuRand is a lifelong political activist and retired Philosophy professor. He is a founder of the Radical Philosophy Association in the U.S. and of the Center for Global Justice in Mexico.

    Excerpt from journal review

    "...Moving Beyond Capitalism is an indispensable guide for scholars, activists, and grass roots organizations who want to build an alternative world in the twenty-first century."Kaan Agartan, Framingham State University, in Labour and Industry Journal