"The Alternative to Capitalism" (ebook) Adam Buick and John Crump OUT NOW

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Dec 19 2012 08:56
"The Alternative to Capitalism" (ebook) Adam Buick and John Crump OUT NOW

Out now on Kindle.

THE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM

“Capitalism is an exchange economy in which most wealth, from ordinary consumer goods to vast industrial plants and other producer goods, takes the form of commodities, or items of wealth that have been produced with a view to sale on a market. Although states have intervened in capitalism ever since it came into existence, in so far as the aim was merely to interfere with the operation of world market forces, their intervention was only at the level of the division, not the production, of surplus value. However, over the past 100 or so years, there has been a definite trend in capitalism for states to go beyond merely trying to distort the world market, and to involve themselves in the actual production of wealth by establishing and operating state enterprises.

If state capitalism is not socialism, what is? In other words, if state ownership and management of production does not amount to the abolition of capitalism but only to a change in the institutional framework within which it operates, what would be the essential features of a society in which capitalism had been abolished?”

“To find a coherent set of ideas which are subversive of capitalism, and which do offer an alternative to production for the world market, one must turn to the 'thin red line' represented by … anarcho-communism; impos­sibilism; council communism; Bordigism; situationism…

…there is a basic set of socialist principles which these currents share. Initially, four such principles can be identified. The currents of non-market socialism are all committed to establishing a new society where:

(1)Production will be for use, and not for sale on the market.

(2)Distribution will be according to need, and not by means of buying and selling.

(3)Labour will be voluntary, and not imposed on workers by means of a coercive wages system.

(4)A human community will exist, and social divisions based on class, nationality, sex or race will have disappeared.

Let us clarify these four principles for those readers who may not immediately grasp all their ramifications.”

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00AQ24RHE

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Paperback version will be released if demand is high enough.

Published by Theory and Practice. www.theoryandpractice.org.uk

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Dec 19 2012 16:09

Why not also put this in the Libcom library?

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Dec 19 2012 21:17

Will do in next few days

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Jan 13 2013 20:29

Apparently not.

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Mar 29 2013 12:32

http://libcom.org/library/alternative-capitalism

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Mar 29 2013 16:44

Who are the lion market socialists on page 86? or 90 of 101

I thought it was great and really interesting from about page 20.

I think it was trying to cover to much ground in the first 20;

eg average rate of profit etc, and comes across as convoluted, but mostly OK.

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Apr 7 2013 18:01
Dave B wrote:
Who are the lion market socialists on page 86? or 90 of 101.

Thought you would have heard of the lion-market socialists wink

Fancy a job as a proof reader for some upcoming titles?

Luckily it's print on demand so can change it...

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Apr 25 2013 08:05

Now available as a paperback
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alternative-Capitalism-Adam-Buick/dp/148180345X