Dan Swain

Crack Capitalism

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John Holloway, Pluto, £17.99

John Holloway's previous book, Change the World without Taking Power, became hugely influential in the anti-capitalist movements of the last decade. It is a key work for the tradition of activism known as autonomism, which had a strong presence in these movements, particularly in the World and European Social Forums. In opposition to other Marxists, Holloway argued that alternatives to capitalism should not involve confrontations with the state but could develop in autonomous social spaces, within and outside of capitalism.

Freedom Not Yet

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Kenneth Surin, Duke University Press, £16.99

Marxism attempts to understand the world so as to be able to change it. As such it should be able to adapt to new developments in economics and philosophy and offer explanations for them. At the same time, however, Marxists should not feel the need to incorporate or adapt to every fashionable new theory that appears on the scene.

Rogue Economics

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Loretta Napoleoni, Seven Stories Press, £13.99

What links the growth in sex trade in Eastern Europe, fishing piracy in the North Sea and professional players of the online computer game World of Warcraft? According to Loretta Napoleoni they are all examples of the rise to dominance of a terrifying form of economic activity which she calls rogue economics.

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