Envisioning Real Utopias

Wright, E. O. (2010). Envisioning real utopias (Vol. 98). London: Verso. Rising inequality of income and power, along with recent convulsions in the finance sector, have made the search for alternatives to unbridled capitalism more urgent than ever. Yet few are attempting this task—most analysts argue that any attempt to rethink our social and economic relations isContinue reading “Envisioning Real Utopias”

How Will Capitalism End?: Essays on a Failing System

Streeck, W. (2016). How will capitalism end?: Essays on a failing system. Verso Books. After years of ill health, capitalism is now in a critical condition. Growth has given way to stagnation; inequality is leading to instability; and confidence in the money economy has all but evaporated. In How Will Capitalism End?, the acclaimed analyst of contemporaryContinue reading “How Will Capitalism End?: Essays on a Failing System”

Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think like a 21st-Century Economist

Raworth, K. (2017). Doughnut economics: seven ways to think like a 21st-century economist. Chelsea Green Publishing. Economics is the mother tongue of public policy. It dominates our decision-making for the future, guides multi-billion-dollar investments, and shapes our responses to climate change, inequality, and other environmental and social challenges that define our times. Pity then, or moreContinue reading “Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think like a 21st-Century Economist”

Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire

Henderson, R. (2020). Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire. Hachette Book Group. Rebecca Henderson’s rigorous research in economics, psychology, and organizational behavior, as well as her many years of work with companies around the world, gives us a path forward. In Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire, she debunks the worldview that theContinue reading “Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire”

Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power: Capitalism, Creativity and the Commons

Haiven, M. (2014). Crises of imagination, crises of power: Capitalism, creativity and the commons. Zed Books Ltd.. In this stirring call to arms, Max Haiven argues that capitalism has colonized how we all imagine and express what is valuable. Looking at the decline of the public sphere, the corporatization of education, the privatization of creativity, andContinue reading “Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power: Capitalism, Creativity and the Commons”

The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time

Polanyi, K. (2001). The Great Transformation: The political and economic origins of our time. Beacon Press [1944]. The Great Transformation examines the social and political changes that took place in England during the rise of the market economy. One of the primary conclusions Karl Polanyi makes, and something that differentiates him from Keynes and Hayek, is thatContinue reading “The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time”

The 99 Percent Economy: How Democratic Socialism Can Overcome the Crises of Capitalism

Adler, P. S. (2019). The 99 Percent Economy: How Democratic Socialism can Overcome the Crises of Capitalism. Oxford University Press We live in a time of crises – economic turmoil, workplace disempowerment, unresponsive government, environmental degradation, social disintegration, and international rivalry. In The 99 Percent Economy, Paul S. Adler, a leading expert on business management, arguesContinue reading “The 99 Percent Economy: How Democratic Socialism Can Overcome the Crises of Capitalism”