Beyond Jubilee: Debt Abolition

I reviewed another new book from Haymarket—Can't Pay, Won't Pay: The Case for Economic Disobedience and Debt Abolition—for The Bias magazine. Can't Pay, Won't Pay is a product of the collective theorizing and organizing of the Debt Collective. It's an excellent primer on the history of neoliberalism's weaponization of debt as well as an effective … Continue reading Beyond Jubilee: Debt Abolition

Two World Views of the Russian Revolution

The Russian Revolution: A View from the Third World (Verso, 2018) compiles a series of lectures given by Walter Rodney, the black Guyanese radical, at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. (Jesse Benjamin and Robin D.G. Kelley have done amazing work in editing and presenting these lectures as a book.) Writing from the … Continue reading Two World Views of the Russian Revolution

The Origin of Capitalism

A précis of Ellen Meiksins Wood, The Origin of Capitalism: A Longer View (Verso, 2017). There is a story told about capitalism—mostly by its proponents: classical liberals, American conservatives, libertarians, and the like; but also sometimes inadvertently by its Marxist critics—that sees this system as synonymous with human nature in all times and all places, as the innate … Continue reading The Origin of Capitalism