Work Sucks: Life After Work

3 April 2020 — The Most Revolutionary Act

Work Want Work: Labour and Desire at the End of Capitalism

By Mareile Pfannebecker and J.A. Smith

Zed Books (2020)

Book Review

In this book, authors Pfannebecker and Smith summarize the current anti-work movement and literature. In view of rapid displacement of blue and white collar workers by robots and computers, coupled with the offshoring of most manufacturing jobs, there are growing calls for an end to waged work altogether.

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Making the case that green politics must be ecosocialist

3 April 2020– Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Essays by pioneering ecosocialist Joel Kovel argue that radical social change is the only way to prevent ecocatastrophe

Mike Shaughnessy is a member of Green Left, the ecosocialist current in the Green Party of England and Wales.


Quincy Saul, Editor
THE EMERGENCE OF ECOSOCIALISM
Collected Essays by Joel Kovel

2Leaf Press, 2019

reviewed by Mike Shaughnessy
London Green Left Blog

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, March 2020

21 March 2020 — Climate & Capitalism

Reading, red and green

Six new books to read while maintaining social distance. Yellow Earth; Socialist Practice; Friedrich Engels; Chicken History; Traveling Plants; Coal and Empire


Ecosocialist Bookshelf is an occasional feature. We can’t review every book we receive, but we will list and link to any that seem relevant to Climate & Capitalism’s mission, along with brief descriptions. Titles listed here may be reviewed in future. Inclusion of a book does not imply endorsement, or that we agree with everything (or even anything!) these books say.


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The Coronavirus Is Not the Plague: The Plague Is US

19 March 2020 — Edward Curtin

“Two categories of propaganda must be distinguished.  The first strives to create a permanent disposition in its objects and constantly needs to be reinforced.  Its goal is to make the masses ‘available,’ by working spells upon them and exercising a kind of fascination.  The second category involves the creation of a sort of temporary impulsiveness in its objects.  It operates by simple pressure and is often contradictory (since contradictory mass movement are sometimes necessary).”  – Jacques Ellul, The Technological Society

The French-Algerian writer Albert Camus’ great 1947 novel, The Plague, is a warning to us today, but a warning in disguise.  When he died sixty years ago at the young age of forty-six, he had already written The Stranger, The Fall, and The Plague, and had won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Review: Diana Johnstone, Circle in the Darkness: Memoir of a World Watcher (2020)

8 September 2019 — Eric Walberg

First, Diana Johnstone’s memoir is a classic, and will be read and quoted as long as we keep struggling for peace and justice. It is one of the great personal accounts of the anguished decline of our uncivilization, both a riveting eye-witness account of many of the horrors and perfidies, and a primer for students of history and all those struggling to not only dismantle the beast, but to prepare us for what follows it.

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, February 2020

25 February 2020 — Climate & Capitalism

Eight new books

Ecosocialist Bookshelf is an occasional feature. We can’t review every book we receive, but we will list and link to any that seem relevant to Climate & Capitalism’s mission, along with brief descriptions. Titles listed here may be reviewed in future. Inclusion of a book does not imply endorsement, or that we agree with everything (or even anything!) these books say.


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Book Review ‘Eyes In The Sky: The Secret Rise of Gorgon Stare’ by Arthur Holland Michel

18 February 2020 — Drone Wars

Arthur Holland Michel, author of ‘Eyes In The Sky’, is one of the co-founders of the Centre for the Study of the Drone at Bard College in New York State.  The Centre for the Study of the Drone has done extraordinary work in monitoring the spread in the use of drones, including publication of ‘The Drone Databook’, a detailed country-by-county study of military drone capabilities;  a comprehensive study of counter-drone systems; and a weekly round-up of news and developments in the world of drones.

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Housmans Books Newsletter February 2020

26 January 2020 — Housmans Books

HOUSMANS NEWSLETTER – FEBRUARY 2020

NEWS 
1. Our Power Is Real – Saturday 28th March
2. London Bookshop Crawl 2020

INSTORE EVENTS
3. ‘Journey Through Utopia’ with Matthew S. Adams, Rhiannon Firth, and Tim Waterman
4. Poetry Against Homelessness
5. ‘The Clamour of Nationalism: Race and the Nation in Twenty-First Century Britain’
6. Radixal Love Zine V Day Takeover
7. ‘In and Against the State: Lessons from our recent past’ with Rosemary Grennan and Seth Wheeler
8.’So We Live: The Novels of Alexander Baron’ with Susie Thomas, Nadia Valman, and Ken Worpole
9. Autonomy Now presents: ‘Occult Features of Anarchism’ with Erica Lagalisse and Carl Levy
10. ‘Feminism for the 99%’ with Sara Farris and Susan Pashkoff

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Review: Tim Anderson, Axis of Resistance: Towards an Independent Middle East

17 January 2020 — Eric Walberg

Anderson’s Axis of Resistancetakes on the leftist position of ‘a plague on all your houses’. Yassin Al-Haj Saleh, ‘the intellectual voice of the Syrian revolution’ (for westerners), presents a bleak portrait of “three monsters … treading on Syria’s corpse’: (1) the Assad regime and its allies, (2) DAESH/ISIS and the other jihadists, and (3) the West (the USA, UK, France, etc). This is the general view from outside the Syrian cauldron, but leads nowhere.

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A Child’s Christmas Gift of Freedom

25 December 2019 — Off Guardian

Edward Curtin

Image source: Paoloa Chaaya on Unsplash

Man is tormented by no greater anxiety than to find someone quickly to whom he can hand over that great gift of freedom with which the ill-fated creature is born.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Grand Inquisitor

It is heartening to know that there are young children still reading books. While a growing majority of parents have been seduced into destroying their children’s imaginations by placing them in front of screens, there are still holdouts who realize that if their children are ever to become free-thinking adults, they must grow up expanding their minds in the meditative space of beautiful literature on paper pages.

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf: Best of 2019

12 December 2019 — Climate & Capitalism

This was a bumper year for books of interest to ecosocialists. Here are ten that we found particularly interesting or valuable, or both.


Climate & Capitalism receives more books than we can possibly review, but we can and do compile a monthly list of those that seem relevant to our mission, along with brief descriptions. The result is one of our most popular features, Ecosocialist Bookshelf.

This year the column included 68 books on subjects ranging from ancient volcanoes to the life of Marx to Malthus. The overall quality was very high, so producing a “10 Best” list hasn’t been easy, but here we go.

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