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In Anti-Capitalism, activist and scholar Ezequiel Adamovsky tells the story of the long-standing effort to build a better world, one without an abusive system at its heart. Backed up by arresting, lucid images from the radical artist group United Illustrators, Adamovsky details the struggle against rising corporate power, as that struggle unfolds in the halls of academia, in the pages of radical newspapers, and in the jungles and the streets. From Marx through the Battle of Seattle and beyond, Adamovsky traces the beliefs and politics of the major figures in the anticapitalist tradition and explores modern experiments in building different ways of living, in the process providing an indispensible primer for anyone interested in finding alternatives to the so-called "best system we have"—and anyone interested in joining the fight.
struggle, tended to be avoided, in order to mobilize not only workers and peasants, but also sectors of the “national bourgeoisie.” The example of rapid industrialization in the USSR attracted a number of Third World movements to follow the communist example. In many cases, leaders used socialism as an ideology that helped to concentrate power for purposes of economic development, rather than the emancipation of the people. Failure of the Communist project The three great movements
crisis. The USSR’s bureaucrats abandoned communism, tempted by the notions of personal wealth and becoming bourgeois. The Soviet government began to adopt neoliberal policies. After 1989, most communist countries followed capitalism’s path. In 1991, when the USSR collapsed, the historic failure of communism not only left anti-capitalist with an enormous political defeat, but also a moral defeat. Failure of the social democratic project The reformist project also had an opportunity to be
power is distributed among people. There is gender oppression, for example, when males exert power over women, making women work for them, when women receive unequal pay and benefits for their work, or when women are coerced to behave in ways that please men. This form of oppression, called patriarchy, has existed in almost all of the past social systems, and it is still predominant today. Other forms of oppression can be established between ethnic groups, for example, when whites dominate
first WSF, which exceeded initial expectations. Since the first meeting, the WSF has developed as a powerful space and tool for struggles to articulate together a shared global resistance. At the second WSF, more than 50,000 people from all over the world participated in a week of intense debate. During that year, social forums were also held on a continental level, even by country, strengthening the exchange of ideas and experiences. The third WSF was held in 2003, with more than 100,000
began to intensify, and it continues today: to what extent does the State depend on the dominant class? Does the State have some degree of autonomy? Confusion in this debate comes largely from accepting the liberal distinction between State and society, as if they were two separate things. It is good to distinguish the two and their effects to gain a better understanding; but we must not forget that the State is an integral part of a capitalist society. Guaranteeing accumulation The