System Crash: The Rich, the Rest, and the Struggle to Remake the World.pdf
The world faces the greatest crisis in human history. Unchecked global warming heralds catastrophic climate change. Financial meltdown has tipped us into permanent stagnation. War is breaking up the international order. The gap between rich and poor has become a chasm. Democracy has been hollowed out. System Crash explains how this compound crisis is rooted in the pathological character of neoliberal capitalism. The system is unreformable and humanity stands at a crossroads. One possible future is a descent into the barbarism of war, poverty and climate catastrophe. Another is a collective movement designed to overthrow the lords of capital and build a new world based on democracy, equality, and solidarity. With chapters entitled Earth, Economy, Empire and Exploitation, System Crash is a short, punchy and apocalyptic treatise that explains how we got to where we are, why the crisis of the system is insoluble, and what we must do to overthrow our rulers, transform society, and save the planet. Unashamedly Marxist, it nonetheless rejects the failed models of the Old Left, identifying the radical urban youth of the neoliberal city as a new vanguard in the struggle for change, and calling for the creation of a democratic mass movement for red-green revolution.
Neil Faulkner is a leading Marxist historian. A Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, he is the author of numerous books, including A Marxist History of the World: from neanderthals to neoliberals (Pluto, 2013). He appears regularly on TV and was a lead consultant on Sky Atlantic's The British series. Samir Dathi is a campaigning solicitor specialising in information law and human rights. Marienna Pope-Weidemann is a writer, TV producer, and activist. As a journalist, she specialises in international politics, economic development, and social movements.
Introduction Part 1: How did we get here? 1. The Neoliberal Counter-Revolution 2. The Second Great Depression Part 2: Where are we? 3. Earth: carbon pollution, corporate power, and climate catastrophe 4. Economy: from bubble to black hole 5. Empire: 'war on terror' and wars of nations 6. Exploitation: work and class in a neoliberal world Part 3: Where should we go? 7. Ruin or Revolution 8. The Working Class Today 9. Class Struggle in the Early 21st Century