John Holloway on Blockupy Frankfurt and the new politics of refusal

Writing in the Guardian, John Holloway, author of Crack Capitalism and Change the World Without Taking Power, writes about the new politics of refusal in Europe, including Blockupy Frankfurt, three days of direct action which start today:

Now, more than ever, the world looks two ways at once. Which way it turns will depend significantly on the protests announced for the days that come: Blockupy Frankfurt on 16 to 19 May, and all the explosions of creative anger that will follow.

One face looks towards a dark, depressing world. A world of closing doors. A closing of lives, of possibilities, of hopes. These are times of austerity. You must learn to live with reality. You must obey if you want to survive, give up your dreams. Do not expect to live by doing what you like. You will be lucky to find a job at all. Perhaps you can study, but only if your parents have money. And, even then, do not think that you can study something critical…

[But] hope glows in the very depths of despair. The basis of that hope is a simple no: no, we will not accept your austerity. No, we will not accept the obscene inequalities of this world we live in; no, we will not accept a society that is hurtling us towards our own destruction. And no, we will not suggest alternative policies. We do not want to solve your problems because the future of capitalism is the death of humanity. Even if capital solves this crisis, the next one will not be far away, even more destructive. We will not obey you, politicians-bankers, because you are the dead past, we are the possible future.

Visit the Guardian to read the article in full.

Crack Capitalism

John Holloway

A groundbreaking guide to moving beyond capitalism, which shows that radical change can only come from exploiting ‘cracks’ in the system.

“infectiously optimistic” – Guardian

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Change the World Without Taking Power – New Edition

The Meaning of Revolution Today

John Holloway

New edition of John Holloway’s contemporary classic fusion of political philosophy and activism, including an extensive new preface by the author.

“Holloway’s Change the World Without Taking Power stands alongside Hardt and Negri’s Empire as one of the two key texts of contemporary autonomist Marxism.” – Alex Callinicos, Capital & Class

“This is a refreshing, thought provoking book … A must read for every student and practitioner of political science.” – USI Journal

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Life Without Money

Building Fair and Sustainable Economies

Edited by Anitra Nelson and Frans Timmerman

Examines the failure of the money-based global economy and how we might live in more sustainable, equitable ways. A textbook and manifesto for change.

“The collapse of capitalism will also be an end to money as the prime regulator of society—an eventuality both hard to imagine and necessary to understand. Anitra Nelson and Frans Timmerman have assembled an indispensable collection for those who are bold enough to explore this dramatic prospect. Life Without Money is an essential guidebook for the great debate now unfolding and around which our hopes for a worthwhile future unfold.” – Joel Kovel, author of Enemy of Nature (2002; 2007) and Overcoming Zionism (Pluto, 2007)

“A timely contribution to an under-researched and under-reported area of economics: the theory of money and proposals for alternatives to the globalised capitalist financial system. I would recommend it to anyone interested in finding ways to develop an economy that functions without money.” – Molly Scott Cato, Reader in Green Economics, Cardiff School of Management

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What We Are Fighting For

A Radical Collective Manifesto

Edited by Federico Campagna and Emanuele Campiglio

Visions of a different society run in the interests of the 99%. Leading activist voices answer the question the media loves to ask the protesters.

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“This collection provides a rallying point for all those who resist the dogmas of contemporary politics and seek a fresh set of alternatives. What We Are Fighting For is a manifesto full of urgent, articulate responses to the current situation.” – Simon Critchley, Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School, New York, and author of The Faith of the Faithless (2012).

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