Global finance is a system that works for the few and against the many. We need finance – but when finance grows too big it becomes a curse. The City of London is the single biggest drain on our resources; it sucks talent out of every sphere, it siphons wealth and hoovers up government time. Yet to be `competitive’, we’re told we must turn a blind eye to money-laundering and appease big business with tax cuts. We are told global finance is about wealth creation; the reality is wealth extraction.

Tracing the curse back through economic history, Shaxson uncovers how we got to this point. He exposes offshore tax havens; … More

We are witnessing a new surge of interpersonal & institutional violence against women, including new witch-hunts. This surge of violence has occurred alongside an expansion of capitalist social relations. In this new work that revisits some of the main themes of Caliban & the Witch, Federici examines the root causes of these developments & outlines the consequences for the women affected and their communities. She argues that, no less than the witch-hunts in 16th-17th century Europe & the “New World,” this new war on women is a structural element of the new forms of capitalist accumulation.

These processes are founded on the destruction of people’s most basic means of reproduction. Like at the dawn of capitalism, … More

The turbulence of the financial markets is often explained in terms of the immorality of market agents, misguided economic theory or unsuitable regulation. Even when these explanations are not false ones, they leave aside the main problem: the nature of financial value. Starting out from the concept of fictitious capital, Cedric Durand argues that finance pre-empts future production, appropriating for itself wealth that is yet to be created.

  Using comparative data covering the last four decades, he shows that the rise in private and public debt, the … More

First published on this day in Germany in 1867, Karl Marx’s ‘Das Kapital Vol 1’. Subsequently published in all the world’s major languages and studied widely by workers it was often referred to as “The Bible of the working class”. While lengthy, it is unsurpassed as an analysis and critique of capitalism.

One of the most notorious works of modern times, as well as one of the most influential, “Capital” is an … More

The highly-anticipated book by the bestselling author of City of Quartz & Planet of Slums. Davis spent years working factory jobs & sitting behind the wheel of an 18 wheeler before his profile as one of the world’s leading urbanists emerged with the publication of his sober, if dystopian survey of Los Angeles. Since then, he’s developed a reputation not only for his caustic analysis of ecological catastrophe & colonial history, but as a stylist without peer.

Old Gods, New Enigmas is Davis’s book-length engagement with Karl Marx, marking the 200th anniversary of Marx’s birth and exploring … More

Shocks, from natural disasters to military catastrophes, have been exploited for years by the state to impose privatisation, cuts and rampant free markets on us. This book argues that the Left can turn this on its head by using those same moments of chaos — and some of our own — to achieve emancipation.

Graham Jones, ‘the radical hairdresser of Deptford’, combines his experience of grassroots activism with ideas from complex systems theory to … More