Disassembly Required: A Field Guide to Actually Existing Capitalism

By Geoff Mann

"The book’s argument doesn't depend upon ideologies, scapegoats, or heroes. greater than whatever, Disassembly Required is set one of those logic that’s turn into difficult to escape—a logic of privatization, austerity, and financialization that has invaded almost each element of our lives and groups. 2008 gave many folks a notable window towards anything various, Mann says, yet we don’t have to look ahead to one other marketplace crash to discover a fashion out of capitalism."—Sam Ross-Brown, Utne

“An crucial instruction manual for knowing ‘actually present’ capitalism, and therefore the area because it relatively is—rather than because it is theorized and justified via the dissembling excessive monks of mainstream academia, coverage, and politics.”—Christian Parenti, Tropic of Chaos

“A brilliantly lucid publication. Mann illuminates the fundamental ideas of contemporary capitalism, their expressions in modern economies and states, and their devastating socio-ecological results for operating humans all over the place. it is a must-read if we're to ascertain methods of organizing our universal planetary life that aren't established upon the illusory supplies of industry fundamentalism and the suicidal ideology of unending monetary growth.”—Neil Brenner, New kingdom Spaces

"Geoff Mann is a brand new breed of monkey-wrencher. He is familiar with that modern capitalism has a perverse behavior of dismantling itself and offers us a toolkit to construct a brand new, extra socially simply edifice."—Andy Merrifield, Magical Marxism

"Insightful and incisive, considerate and thorough, packed with new avenues for puzzling over resistence. move this one by way of at your personal peril."—Matt Hern, Common flooring in a Liquid City

To think how we would swap capitalism, we first have to realize it. to achieve actually altering it, we have to be capable to clarify the way it works and persuade others that vary is either attainable and invaluable. Disassembly Required is an try and meet these demanding situations, and to provide transparent, obtainable possible choices to the established order of daily capitalism.

Originally crafted as a complete review for more youthful readers, Geoff Mann's clarification of the elemental gains of latest capitalism is illustrated with real-world examples?an perfect advent for a person desirous to research extra approximately what capitalism is and the place it falls brief. What emerges is an anti-capitalist critique that absolutely is aware the complicated, dynamic, powerful organizational computing device of contemporary monetary lifestyles, digging deep into the main points of capitalist associations and the kin that justify them to unearth the politically indefensible and ecologically unsustainable premises that underlie them.

Geoff Mann teaches political financial system and financial geography at Simon Fraser collage, the place he directs the Centre for worldwide Political economic system. he's the writer of Our day-by-day Bread: Wages, employees and the Political economic climate of the yank West (2007) and a widespread contributor to Historical Materialism and New Left Review.

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