Stalin's Economist: The Economic Contributions of Jenö Varga by André Mommen

By André Mommen

This ebook analyses the contribution of Eugen (Jenő) Varga (1879-1964) on Marxist-Leninist monetary thought in addition to the effect he exercised on Stalin’s overseas coverage and during the Comintern at the overseas communist flow. throughout the Hungarian Councils’ Republic of 1919 Varga was once a type of mainly liable for remodeling the financial system into one colossal commercial and agrarian enterprise lower than country authority. After the autumn of the innovative regime that 12 months, Varga joined the Hungarian Communist occasion, quickly and then, he could turn into one of many Comintern’s major economists, predicting the inevitable drawback of the capitalist system.

Varga grew to become the Soviet Union’s legit propagandist. As an financial professional he might propose the Soviet executive on German reparation funds and, not like Stalin, believed that the capitalist nation will be in a position to plan post-war fiscal restoration, which contradicted Stalin’s international coverage approach and ended in his shame. therefore via the start of the chilly battle in 1947, Varga used to be discredited, yet allowed to maintain a minor educational place. After Stalin’s dying in 1953 he reappeared as a well-respected economist whose political impression had still waned.

In this research Mommen unearths how Stalin’s view on foreign capitalism and inter-imperialist rivalries was once profoundly motivated through debates within the Comintern and via Varga’s suggestion of the final obstacle of capitalism. notwithstanding Stalin liked Varga’s cleverness, he by no means relied on him while making his strategic overseas coverage judgements. This was once sincerely proven in August 1939 with Stalin’s pact with Hitler, and in 1947, along with his refusal to take part in Marshall’s ecu restoration Plan.

This ebook might be of curiosity to a wide selection of scholars and researchers, together with these focusing on the background of financial notion, Soviet experiences, diplomacy, and eu and chilly battle background.

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Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without by Nick Srnicek, Alex Williams

By Nick Srnicek, Alex Williams

A significant new manifesto for a high-tech destiny loose from work

Neoliberalism isn’t operating. Austerity is forcing thousands into poverty and plenty of extra into precarious paintings, whereas the left continues to be trapped in stagnant political practices that supply no respite.

Inventing the Future is a daring new manifesto for all times after capitalism. opposed to the careworn figuring out of our high-tech global via either definitely the right and the left, this publication claims that the emancipatory and future-oriented chances of our society may be reclaimed. rather than operating from a fancy destiny, Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams call for a postcapitalist economic climate in a position to advancing criteria, releasing humanity from paintings and constructing applied sciences that extend our freedoms.

“Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams’ undertaking dares to suggest a special state of mind and appearing. Given the fizzling of the Occupy second, a thorough rethinking of the anarchic strategy is improperly wanted yet simply now not taking place. This ebook may well do loads of paintings in getting that reconsider going.” —Doug Henwood, writer of Wall Street

“A robust ebook: it not just exhibits us how the postcapitalist international of quickly bettering expertise can make us loose, however it additionally exhibits us how we will organise to get there. this can be a must-read.” —Paul Mason, writer of Postcapitalism: A consultant to Our Future

“Srnicek and Williams show how a sustainable financial destiny is much less a question of capability than of mind's eye. The postcapitalist international they envision is completely possible, if we will be able to keep in mind that we have now been inventing the economic climate all along.” —Douglas Rushkoff, writer of Present surprise: while every thing occurs Now

Inventing the Future is precisely what we'd like at once. With monstrous endurance and care, it units out a transparent and compelling imaginative and prescient of a postcapitalist society. both importantly, it lays out a believable programme which could take us from 24/7 capitalist immiseration to a global freed from work.” —Mark Fisher, writer of Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?

“A conceptual release pad for a brand new socialist imagination…” —Mike Davis, writer of Planet of Slums

“Most very important ebook of 2015” —Aaron Bastani, co-founder of Novara Media

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Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know by Robert Paarlberg

By Robert Paarlberg

The politics of nutrients is altering quickly. In wealthy nations, weight problems is now a extra major problem than starvation. shoppers as soon as happy with reasonable and handy nutrition now wish meals that also is secure, nutritious, clean, and grown via neighborhood farmers utilizing fewer chemical compounds. seriously backed and underregulated advertisement farmers are dealing with more desirable thrust back from environmentalists and buyer activists, and meals businesses are less than the microscope. in the meantime, agricultural luck in Asia has spurred source of revenue development and nutritional enrichment, yet agricultural failure in Africa has left one-third of all voters undernourished - and the foreign markets that hyperlink those assorted areas jointly are topic to surprising disruption.

Food Politics conscientiously examines and explains an important concerns on today's international foodstuff panorama, together with foreign nutrients costs, famines, power starvation, the Malthusian race among meals construction and inhabitants development, overseas nutrients relief, "green revolution" farming, weight problems, farm subsidies and exchange, agriculture and the surroundings, agribusiness, supermarkets, meals defense, quick nutrients, sluggish foodstuff, natural meals, neighborhood nutrition, and genetically engineered nutrients.

Politics in each one of those parts has turn into polarized over the last decade by means of conflicting claims and accusations from advocates on both sides. Paarlberg's publication maps this contested terrain, difficult myths and critiquing various of today's stylish ideals approximately farming and foodstuff. For these able to have their considering foodstuff politics proficient and likewise challenged, this is often the ebook to learn.

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A History of Capitalism According to the Jubilee Line by John O'Farrell

By John O'Farrell

'Sometimes you listen humans say "Oh I had a nightmare trip at the tube" and also you needless to say their go back and forth domestic at the London Underground was once extra disagreeable than traditional. We don't take the notice 'nightmare' to intend that during the center of a packed carriage they actually realised that they have been donning their pyjamas after which felt their tooth crumbling as their formative years maths instructor stood prior to them pointing and guffawing, in simple terms it wasn't precisely the Tube since it was once additionally the kitchen.'

A Tube educate is caught underground as the economic climate above has collapsed. How has this occurred and the way will the passengers get out? Will they must holiday the principles of Underground etiquette and really communicate to one another? In John O'Farrell's caustically humorous brief tale, not anything is certain.

The urban is full of tales. In twelve books, twelve writers inform their stories of London lifestyles, each one encouraged through a unique Underground line. a few are own, a few are polemical; each is unique.

John O'Farrell, writer of The guy Who Forgot His Wife, An completely neutral background of Britain and Things Can basically Get Better, turns his comedic genius to the matter of capitalism, encapsulated in a Tube educate jam-packed with passengers caught underground – a part of a sequence of twelve books tied to the twelve strains of the London Underground, as TfL celebrates one hundred fifty years of the Tube with Penguin.

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The Accumulation of Capital (Routledge Classics) by Rosa Luxemburg

By Rosa Luxemburg

Rosa Luxemburg was once a progressive socialist who fought and died for her ideals. In January 1919, after being arrested for her involvement in a workers' rebellion in Berlin, she was once brutally murdered through a gaggle of right-wing squaddies. Her physique used to be recovered days later from a canal. Six years previous she had released what used to be definitely her most interesting success, The Accumulation of Capital - a publication which continues to be one of many masterpieces of socialist literature. Taking Marx as her start line, she deals an self sustaining and fiercely serious rationalization of the commercial and political effects of capitalism within the context of the turbulent occasions during which she lived, reinterpreting occasions within the usa, Europe, China, Russia and the British Empire. Many this day think there's no substitute to international capitalism. This publication is a well timed and forceful assertion of an opposing view.

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The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society by Joseph E. Stiglitz

By Joseph E. Stiglitz

A forceful argument opposed to America's vicious circle of turning out to be inequality by way of the Nobel Prize–winning economist.

The most sensible 1 percentage of usa citizens keep an eye on forty percentage of the nation’s wealth. And, as Joseph E. Stiglitz explains, whereas these on the best benefit from the top wellbeing and fitness care, schooling, and advantages of wealth, they fail to achieve that “their destiny is sure up with how the opposite ninety nine percentage live.”

Stiglitz attracts on his deep figuring out of economics to teach that becoming inequality isn't inevitable: moneyed pursuits compound their wealth by means of stifling actual, dynamic capitalism. they've got made the USA the main unequal complicated business kingdom whereas crippling development, trampling at the rule of legislation, and undermining democracy. the outcome: a divided society that can't take on its so much urgent difficulties. With attribute perception, Stiglitz examines our present country, then teases out its implications for democracy, for financial and budgetary coverage, and for globalization. He closes with a plan for a extra simply and filthy rich future.

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Capitalism: A Structural Genocide by Garry Leech

By Garry Leech

Within the wake of the worldwide monetary main issue and ongoing savage executive spending cuts internationally, Garry Leech addresses a urgent and useful subject: the character of latest capitalism and the way it inherently generates inequality and structural violence. Drawing on attention-grabbing case reports, together with the pressured dispossession of farmers in India and Mexico, and deaths from preventable ailments in sub-Saharan Africa, Leech provocatively argues that international capitalism constitutes a sort of genocide opposed to the negative, fairly within the worldwide South. crucial and eye-opening, Capitalism: A Structural Genocide questions the legitimacy of a procedure that unavoidably ends up in such large-scale human soreness, whereas going past mere critique to supply a extra egalitarian, democratic and sustainable worldwide replacement.

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The Refusal of Work: The Theory and Practice of Resistance by David Frayne

By David Frayne

Paid paintings is actually valuable to the tradition and politics of capitalist societies, but today’s work-centred global is turning into more and more antagonistic to the human desire for autonomy, spontaneity and neighborhood. the awful fact of a society during which a few are overworked, while others are condemned to intermittent paintings and unemployment, is increasingly more tricky to tolerate.

In this thought-provoking booklet, David Frayne questions the important workplace in mainstream political visions of the longer term, laying naked the ways that fiscal calls for colonise our lives and priorities. Drawing on his unique study into the lives of people that are actively resisting nine-to-five employment, Frayne asks what motivates those humans to disconnect from paintings, even if their resistance is futile, and whether or not they may have the ability to encourage an alternate kind of improvement, in keeping with a discount and social redistribution of work.

A an important dissection of the work-centred nature of contemporary society and rising resistance to it, The Refusal of Work is a daring demand a extra humane and sustainable imaginative and prescient of social progress.

“This is the main attractive and finished publication I’ve ever examine how paintings dominates our lives. it's insightful and encouraging and may be learn by means of every body who is going to paintings on a daily basis, in the event that they can locate the time.” —Sharon Beder, writer of Selling the paintings Ethic

“A humane reassessment of the ethics of labor with a purpose to entice somebody who has puzzled no matter if the task they're battling so challenging to get, or to carry directly to, fairly is definitely worth the fight. At its center lies the provocative and occasionally poignant bills of these people who should be displaying the way in which in the direction of an engagement with paintings that's higher for all of us.” —Ralph Fevre, writer of The Demoralization of Western Culture and Trouble at Work

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