ISTVAN MESZAROS BEYOND CAPITAL PDF

Since the collapse of the Berlin wall and the Soviet Union, many on the left seem to have swallowed the idea that there is no alternative to capitalism. Debate has been limited to what can or rather cannot be achieved within its confines. Here is a powerful book with the opposite message: What must be abolished is not only classical capitalist society but the reign of capital as such. An alternative exists, or more precisely, can be forged, provided it is radical and fundamental.

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Meszaros has seen farther than most of us, faster, clearer. And his interesting argument about why the political appropriation of capital is sufficient to demark post-capitalist from capitalist societies.. A The nuclear family. B Alienated means of production. C Fetishist as opposed to hum production objectives. D Labor structurally divorced from control.

F The uncontrollability of the market. To which Joel Kovell adds. H The Fragmentation of Labor. So Meszaros offers a deepened grasp of what has been done and what is up. Now, What is the way out? But like Marx, Meszaros offers the conditions for what he calls an epochal shift-A revolution- but too too little on the way through Rich Gibson, But Fascism has never disappeared from the scene, is not extinct, and there is no evidence that pluralism can defeat a ruthless organized opponent.

What we will need is a profound understanding of Meszaros repeated insistence on equality and democracy in order to share scarcity. At issue is how to build a movement anyway. Main Aspects:. Meszaros omits questions of race and sex. American labor movement? US along lines of. The Teamsters for a Democratic Union failed.

And their obvious willingness to call the police for assistance should be proof enough. While it is generally true that they do not want to fight. It is also true that they do not know how. They do, however, know how to disorganize job actions Hormel, Detroit Newspapers, Caterpillar, etc.

There is simply no reason to believe that there is a dynamic within the AFL-CIO that will lead to self actualizing collective consciousness--at least not for some time to come. So, if we are to believe that where there is domination there is resistance, and that people in the US interested in social pratice must place cadre with care whenever possible, just where is it that cadre should go?

They should go to school. US Labor is:.

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Meszaros has seen farther than most of us, faster, clearer. And his interesting argument about why the political appropriation of capital is sufficient to demark post-capitalist from capitalist societies.. A The nuclear family. B Alienated means of production. C Fetishist as opposed to hum production objectives. D Labor structurally divorced from control.

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