Against Capital in the Twenty-First Century

A Reader of Radical Undercurrents

Edited by John Asimakopoulos and Richard Gilman-Opalsky
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358 pages
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A broad, nonsectarian collection of anti-capitalist thinking, featuring landmark contributions both classic and contemporary

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The problems of capitalism have been studied from Karl Marx to Thomas Piketty. The latter has recently confirmed that the system of capital is deeply bound up in ever-growing inequality without challenging the continuance of that system. Against Capital in the Twenty-First Century presents a diversity of analyses and visions opposed to the idea that capital should have yet another century to govern human and non-human resources in the interest of profit and accumulation. The editors and contributors to this timely volume present alternatives to the whole liberal litany of administered economies, tax policy recommendations, and half-measures. They undermine and reject the logic of capital, and the foregone conclusion that the twenty-first century should be given over to capital just as the previous two centuries were.

Providing a deep critique of capitalism, based on assessment from a wide range of cultural, social, political, and ecological thinking, Against Capital in the Twenty-First Century insists that transformative, revolutionary, and abolitionist responses to capital are even more necessary in the twenty-first century than they ever were.

Contributors include: Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Hakim Bey, Murray Bookchin, Henry Charles Bukowski, Cornelius Castoriadis, Ralf Dahrendorf, Guy Debord, Raya Dunayevskaya, Martín Espada, Frantz Fanon, Silvia Federici, Alicia Garza, Henry Giroux, David Graeber, Robert Greenwald, Félix Guattari, David Stanley Hill, John Holloway, C.L.R. James, Selma James, KRS-One (Lawrence Parker), Staughton Craig Lynd, Peter McLaren, Angela Mitropoulos, James O’Connor, Fredy Perlman, Penelope Rosemont, Sayres Rudy, Stevphen Shukaitis, Marina Sitrin, Constantine D. Skordoulis, Isabelle Stengers, Raoul Vaneigem, John Zerzan

Table of Contents


Introduction: Against Capital in the Twenty-First Century • Richard Gilman-Opalsky and John Asimakopoulos

1 | Theory/Praxis
1.1. Think Hope, Think Crisis • John Holloway
1.2. The New Spaces of Freedom • Félix Guattari
1.3. The Theory of State-Capitalism: The Soviet Union as Capitalist Society • Raya Dunayevskaya
1.4. Death, Freedom, and the Disintegration of Communism • Raya Dunayevskaya
1.5. Revolution and Counterrevolution in Hungary • Raya Dunayevskaya
1.6. Dialectics: The Algebra of Revolution • Raya Dunayevskaya

2 | Ideology
2.1. Socialism or Barbarism • Cornelius Castoriadis
2.2. Ideology Materialized • Guy Debord
2.3. American "Common Sense" • Fredy Perlman
2.4. Radical Learning through Neoliberal Crisis • Sayres Rudy

3 | Class Composition and Hierarchy
3.1. Karl Marx's Model of the Class Society • Ralf Dahrendorf
3.2. Sex, Race, and Class • Selma James
3.3. Wageless of the World • Selma James
3.4. Hierarchy of Wages and Incomes • Cornelius Castoriadis
3.5. A Brief Rant against Work: With Particular Attention to the Relation of Work to White Supremacy, Sexism, and Miserabilism • Penelope Rosemont

4 | Racialization and Feminist Critique
4.1. The Lived Experience of the Black Man • Frantz Fanon
4.2. The Negro's Fight: Negroes, We Can Depend Only on Ourselves! • C.L.R. James
4.3. Harlem Negroes Protest Jim Crow Discrimination • C.L.R. James
4.4. Feminism and the Politics of the Common in an Era of Primitive Accumulation • Silvia Federici
4.5. #BlackLivesMatter • Alicia Garza

5 | Critical Pedagogy
5.1. Beyond Dystopian Visions in the Age of Neoliberal Violence • Henry A. Giroux
5.2. Chapman Democracy Activist Offers a Radical Critique of Capitalism: Interview with Peter McLaren • Jonathan Winslow
5.3. Neoliberal Globalization and Resistance in Education: The Challenge of Revolutionary Critical Pedagogy • Constantine Skordoulis
5.4. Transformative Education, Critical Education, Marxist Education: Possibilities and Alternatives to the Restructuring of Education in Global Neoliberal Times • Dave Hill

6 | Capitalist Culture and Cultural Production
6.1. The Revolution of Everyday Life • Raoul Vaneigem
6.2. Info-labor/Precarization • Franco "Bifo" Berardi
6.3. Imaginal Machines • Stevphen Shukaitis

7 | Language, Literature, and Art
7.1. How We Could Have Lived or Died This Way • Martín Espada
7.2. My Name Is Espada • Martín Espada
7.3. Vivas to Those Who Have Failed: The Paterson Silk Strike, 1913 • Martín Espada
7.4. Factotum • Charles Bukowski
7.5. Interview with Robert Greenwald • John Asimakopoulos
7.6. Sound of da Police • KRS-One

8 | Ecology
8.1. What Is Social Ecology? • Murray Bookchin
8.2. Socialism and Ecology • James O'Connor
8.3. Why Primitivism? • John Zerzan
8.4. In Catastrophic Times: Resisting the Coming Barbarism • Isabelle Stengers

9 | Historical Transformations
9.1. Conflict Groups, Group Conflicts, and Social Change • Ralf Dahrendorf
9.2. Debt: The First 5,000 Years • David Graeber
9.3. When the Future Began • Franco "Bifo" Berardi
9.4. Post-Fordist, American Fascism • Angela Mitropoulos

10 | New Modalities of Collective Action
10.1. From Globalization to Resistance • Staughton Lynd
10.2. Platform for a Provisional Opposition • Guy Debord
10.3. The Temporary Autonomous Zone • Hakim Bey
10.4. The Conscience of a Hacker • The Mentor
10.5. Horizontalism and Territory: From Argentina and Occupy to Nuit Debout and Beyond • Marina Sitrin


About the Author(s)

John Asimakopoulos is Full Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York. He is the author of Social Structures of Direct Democracy: On the Political Economy of Equality, and the co-author of The Accumulation of Freedom: Writing on Anarchist Economics, and Revolt!: The Next Great Transformation of Kleptocracy Capitalism to Libertarian Socialism through Counter Ideology, Societal Education, & Direct Action.

Richard Gilman-Opalsky is Associate Professor of Political Philosophy in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois, Springfield. He is author of Unbounded Publics: Transgressive Public Spheres, Zapatismo, and Political Theory; Spectacular Capitalism: Guy Debord and the Practice of Radical Philosophy; Precarious Communism: Manifest Mutations, Manifesto Detourned; and Specters of Revolt: On the Intellect of Insurrection and Philosophy from Below.