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1st Edition

Moving Beyond Capitalism

Edited By

Cliff DuRand

ISBN 9781472475947
Published September 19, 2016 by Routledge
244 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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