Anti-Capitalism: A Beginner's Guide by Simon Tormey

By Simon Tormey

The puncture of the nice banking bubble and the sprint to austerity has breathed new lifestyles into protest hobbies around the globe and taken anti-capitalist values to the vanguard as by no means earlier than. yet what does it suggest to be anti-capitalist? And the place is anti-capitalism going — if wherever? international civil society professional Simon Tormey explores those questions, and extra, during this thought-provoking book.

Unlike different, ideologically-narrow introductions, Tormey introduces us to the entire eclectic teams — anarchists, Marxists, autonomists, environmentalists — and idea that make up the anti-capitalist circulate. delivering worldwide and historic context, he is taking us from the 1994 Zapatista rebellion in the course of the 1999 Seattle protests correct as much as Occupy Wall highway, the Indignados of Spain and the present Greek uprisings. Going past an insignificant descriptive take, Tormey weighs up more than a few probabilities for bringing approximately possible choices to the company domination of our planet. this can be a interesting and ambitious exploration of ways to appreciate the area — and the way to alter it.

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Now one can count them on the fingers of two hands. But it is not just these traditional industries that have experienced accelerating consolidation. Look around the world of the media, luxury goods, software, drinks companies, banking. Everywhere one looks the story is the same: merger, acquisition, strip down, streamlining. The survival of a multitude of brands in our shops does not, confusingly, obviate the point. Between them Unilever and Proctor and Gamble own hundreds of brands of soap powder, detergents and dishwasher tablets.

It was the state that put in place cumbersome regulatory measures limiting the amounts banks could borrow. It was the state that insisted on regular audits, accountability of ‘principals’, measures to prevent and detect corruption and suchlike. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s politicians came under huge pressure to relax these regulations, to smooth the path of ‘liquidity’ in the name of allowing the banks to utilise every opportunity to maximise returns. Gordon Brown, Chancellor of the UK Exchequer, famously called this period ‘the golden age of banking’, indicating in direct terms his approval of the direction of travel.

The seller who can reduce her costs, can reduce her prices further than the seller who has higher costs. This in turn means that in an environment of intense competition and relatively open markets that seller will be at an advantage: she will win the competition, driving her competitors out of business, into retirement or another sector of the market. That is until another tomato grower comes along who thinks she can reduce her costs even further (and so on). What still needs clarification, however, is the difference between capitalist and non-capitalist forms of market competition.

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