In, Against, and Beyond Capitalism: The San Francisco Lectures

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An accessible venture into the thinking of John Holloway and his unique take on left radical theory In, Against, and Beyond Capitalism is based on three recent lectures delivered by John Holloway at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. The lectures focus on what anticapitalist revolution can mean today—after the historic failure of the idea that the conquest of state power was the key to radical change. The first lecture focuses on the meaning of "We," the second on the understanding of capital as a system of social cohesion that systematically frustrates our creative force, and the third on the proposal that we are the crisis of this system of cohesion. In addition, it includes an introductory preface by Andrej Grubacic, the Q&A after each lecture, and a bibliographic essay by the author.
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John Holloway is a professor of sociology at the Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades in the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico. He has published widely on Marxist theory, on the Zapatista movement, and on the new forms of anticapitalist struggle. He is the author of Change the World without Taking Power, which has been translated into 11 languages and has stirred an international debate, Crack Capitalism, and Zapatista!: Reinventing Revolution in Mexico. Andrej Grubacic is the chair of the Anthropology and Social Change Department at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is the author of Don't Mourn, Balkanize: Essays after Yugoslavia; the editor of From Here to There: The Staughton Lynd Reader; and the coauthor of Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History. He lives in San Francisco.
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PM Press
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Published on
Jan 29, 2016
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112
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9781629632483
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English
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Political Science / Political Ideologies / Communism, Post-Communism & Socialism
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