Capitalism as a global system barely allows the needs of the majority of the world's population to be met. Whether from an industrialized country such as the US or from South Africa, the need for an alternative can be felt all over the world. It is clear nowadays that, due to the non-democratic nature and inadequacies of capitalism, another system must take its place. Such a process has already begun through the cooperative movement, which this book examines along with other initiatives.
Featuring essays by international scholars and activists from various spheres of the anti-capitalist left, the work features many examples from the north and the south, to cover both the historically-advanced and late capitalist economies. It discusses such initiatives as participatory economics, the Mondragon experience, worker cooperatives in Europe and Latin America, solidarity economy in South Africa, and more.
Written in an accessible manner, Beyond Capitalism will be an invaluable resource for any student of social movements and political thought and for anyone looking for alternative to today's ongoing systemic crises.
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About the Author
Jeffrey Shantz teaches human rights and community advocacy at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada. A rank and file union and antipoverty organizer and scholar, he focuses on worker self-activity and the connections between ecology and labor organizing. He is the author and editor of eleven books, including Organizing Anarchy: Direct Action and Insurgency (Berghahn Books, 2012) and Green Syndicalism (Syracuse University Press, 2012).
José Brendan Macdonald is Professor Emeritus at the Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Joao Pessoa, Brazil, where he founded the Incubator of Solidarity Enterprises. He has written extensively on solidarity economics.
Table of Contents
Introduction / Part I - Some Prospects for a Democratic Economy / 1 - The Challenge of a Democratic Economy (José Brendan Macdonald) / 2 - The Parecon Proposal (Michael Albert) / 3 - Economic Democracy Through Prout, the Progressive Utilization Theory (Dada Maheshvarananda) / 4 - Anarchy in Action: Especifismo and Working-Class Organizing (Jeff Shantz) / 5 - An Economy for the Common Good with Social Currencies (Heloisa Primavera ) / Part II - Specific Cases for a Better World / From the Global North / 6 - Innovation, the Cooperative Movement, and Self-Management: From the Technical School to the Centers of Research and Development and the University in the Trajectory of the Mondragón Experience (Alessandra Azevedo and Leda Gitahy) / 7 - Worker Occupations and Worker Cooperatives - Examining Lessons from the 1970s and 1980s (Gregor Gall) / 8 - From Direct Action to Workers Assemblies: Unions and the G20 Protests in Toronto (Jeff Shantz) / 8 - The Emerging Paradoxical Possibility of a Democratic Economy (Gar Alperovitz) / From the Global South / 10 - The Social Economy in Venezuela: Between the Will and the Possibility (Juan Carlos Monedero) / 11 - Argentine Worker Cooperatives in Civil Society: A Challenge to Capital-Labor Relations ( Peter Ranis) / 12 - Challenging the Globalised Agro-Food Complex: Farming Cooperatives and the Emerging Solidarity Economy Alternative in South Africa (Vishwas Satgar)