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New Media We Recommend

November 2, 2012

Below is a list of new materials that we have read/watched in recent weeks. The comments are not a “review” of the material, instead sort of an endorsement of ideas and investigations that can provide solid analysis and even inspiration in the struggle for change. All these items are available at The Bloom Collective, so check them out and stimulate your mind.

Capitalism: A Structural Genocide, by Garry Leech – This new book by Garry Leech is an important contribution, not only to the growing body of anti-capitalist literature, but to our collective understanding of how millions are people die unnecessarily because of the structural violence that is inherent in capitalism. Leech makes the case about the inherent structural violence and structural genocide of capitalism by looking at numerous case studies, such as Mexico after NAFTA, neo-liberalism in India, disease and pharmaceutical companies in Sub-Saharan Africa and global climate change. In addition, Leech looks at the hegemonic role of the US education system, the media and the non-profit industrial complex. Capitalism: A Structural Genocide is well written and a powerful into illuminating own understanding of an economic system that is brutal, pathological and must be dismantled.

Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism, by Richard Wolff – In his sequel to Capitalism Hits the Fan, Richard Wolff gives us another gem on understanding the structural problems of capitalism. This new book from Haymarket Books provides a strong critique of capitalism, particularly with the author’s investigation of the free market through history. Wolff not only points of the inherent anti-democratic nature of free market capitalism, he demonstrates that the evolving forms of State Capitalism in the US have only served to prop up the market as a means of avoid social revolution. Wolff looks at the crisis after the 1929 Stock Market crash and the more recent economic disaster from 2007/2008. What makes this book useful beyond the critique, is Wolff’s writing style, which is extremely accessible. The only shortcoming of the book is that he doesn’t spend enough time hashing out what he refers to as Worker Self-Direct Enterprises (WSDEs). He contrasts what WSDEs are with the anti-democratic nature of capitalist employees, but he could have made his argument stronger by providing more concrete examples of where and how these work. Despite this shortcoming, Democracy at Work is still worth reading.

Autobiography of a Blue-eyed Devil: My Life and Times in a Racist, Imperialist Society, by Inga Muscio – In her widely anticipated follow-up to Cunt: A Declaration of Independence, controversial author Inga Muscio asserts that the history we learn in school and throughout life is, in fact, a marketing brand developed by white men who maintain the right to spin their ideologies as hard facts. Muscio draws insight from personal experience, tackling a wide array of topics, from white normativity to gentrification to US foreign policy, with dissention and unflinching self-awareness. Beautifully written, with passion and delightful prose. Highly recommended.

Earth at Risk (DVD) – This 4 DVD collection is based on a recent conference featuring some of the best environmental voices in North America, which hosted a conference to talk about developing a culture of resistance to industrial capitalism and modern civilization. The format of each video is that Derrick Jensen facilitates a conversation with people who address different aspects of resisting and dismantling the system that is killing the planet. The conversations include environmental activist such as the amazing Indian writer Arundhati Roy, the environmental lawyer Thomas Linzey,  Native American activist Waziyatawin,  radical cartoonist Stephanie McMillan, and more. Each DVD provides a wealth of information and ideas for radical change. Highly recommended for those who believe that direct action is necessary for the future of all life.

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