Capitalism is stumbling, empire is faltering, and the planet is thawing. Yet many people are still grappling to understand these multiple crises and to find a way forward to a just future. Into the breach come the insights of Capital and Its Discontents, which cut through the gristle to get to the heart of capitalism and neoliberalism. Through a series of incisive conversations with some of the most eminent thinkers and political economists on the left—including David Harvey, Ellen Meiksins Wood, Mike Davis, Leo Panitch, David McNally, Tariq Ali, Doug Henwood, Andrej Grubadia, and Noam Chomsky—Sasha Lilley illuminates the dynamic contradictions undergirding capitalism. The left luminaries in Capital and Its Discontents look at potential avenues out of the mess—as well as wrong turns and needless detours—drawing lessons from the inner workings of capitalism, the history of postcolonial states in the Global South, struggles against imperialism past and present, the eternal pendulum swing of radicalism, the corrosive legacy of postmodernism, and the potentialities of the radical tradition.
"The value of this book lies in its accessibility. . . . Key points are presented quickly, clearly and in a language that is comprehensible. [This] is the perfect book for liberals and leftists who want to move beyond superficial criticism of bad policies and greedy corporate executives and toward a structural critique of capitalism and imperialism." --"Indypendent "(April 6, 2011)