The puncture of the great banking bubble and the dash to austerity has breathed new life into protest movements across the globe and brought anti-capitalist values to the forefront as never before. But what does it mean to be anti-capitalist? And where is anti-capitalism going if anywhere? Global civil society expert Simon Tormey explores these questions, and more, in this thought-provoking book.
Unlike other, ideologically-narrow introductions, Tormey introduces us to all the eclectic groups anarchists, Marxists, autonomists, environmentalists and thought that make up the anti-capitalist movement. Providing global and historical context, he takes us from the 1994 Zapatista insurrection through the 1999 Seattle protests right up to Occupy Wall Street, the Indignados of Spain and the current Greek uprisings. Going beyond a mere descriptive take, Tormey weighs up a range of possibilities for bringing about alternatives to the corporate domination of our planet. This is a fascinating and bold exploration of how to understand the world and how to change it.
About the Author
Simon Tormey is a professor at the school of social and political sciences at the University of Sydney, Australia.
Table of Contents
1 The hows and whys of capitalism 1
2 Anti-capitalism after the 'end of history' 26
3 A 'movement of movements' I: 'reformism', or 'globalisation with a human face' 64
4 A 'movement of movements' II: renegades, radicals and revolutionaries 102
5 The future(s) of anti-capitalism: problems and perspectives 140
Contemporary anti-capitalism: a timeline 162
Glossary of key terms, thinkers and movements 168