It ain’t over till it’s made over. The old neoliberal order is in severe crisis, and its leaders in a state of uncertainty and even confusion. But those struggling to help a new order to be born are not prepared.
Preparedness involves organisation and popular mobilisation around proposals that defend people’s living standards and livelihoods against attempts to resolve the crisis at their expense. But it is also about grasping a moment when those with power are wobbling on their back foot, and being politically bold and institutionally imaginative enough to build the necessary self-confidence to construct the basis of a new order as we resist.
So, to refresh and sharpen our imaginations, Red Pepper put the question ‘If not capitalism, what?’ to five people who are working for a new society based on values of social and environmental justice: Leo Panitch, whose Renewing Socialism is reprinted this month in updated form, Robin Blackburn, author of Age Shock: How Finance is Failing Us, eco-socialist writers and activists Martin Ryle and Kate Soper, and Michel Bauwens, the director of the Peer to Peer Foundation.
#228 Climate Revolutions ● Transitioning beyond climate and Covid-19 crises ● Conservation without colonialism ● Prisons, profits and punishment ● Surveillance capitalism in India ● The uses of comedy ●Simon Hedges ● Book reviews ● And much more!
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The speedy switch in from producing airplane wings to ventilator parts at a north Wales factory holds out an example for a transition to a low-carbon economy, writes Hilary Wainwright
Keval Bharadia argues for a super-tax on financial markets to curb extreme inequality in the wake of Covid-19
The key struggle of this century is for economic democracy, writes Marjorie Kelly
In the midst of the pandemic, we are reconsidering what ‘care work’ entails. It’s time to demand a radically more caring world – towards both people and planet, say Andreas Chatzidakis and Lynne Segal
The government’s actions to try and house rough sleepers are inadequate. The acquisition of empty homes for the homeless is a viable short and long-term solution, argues Adam Peggs
Community wealth building can help to tap into the culture and resources of marginalised communities, says Stephanie Gutierrez.