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The Shock Doctrine of the Left GRAHAM JONES Shocks, from natural disasters to military catastrophes, have been exploited for years by the state to impose privatization, cuts and rampant free markets on us. This book argues that the Left should use those same moments of chaos – and some of our own – to achieve emancipation. Graham Jones, “the radical hairdresser of Deptford,” combines his personal experience of grassroots activism with ideas from complex systems theory to illustrate how everyone can help to exploit these shocks and bring about a new world of compassion and care. He examines how combining mutually reinforcing strategies of “smashing, building, healing and taming” can become the basis of a practical vision for a unified left, from the scale of the individual body to global social movements. Rooted in the latest debates over accelerationism, Universal Basic Income and “Fully Automated Luxury Communism,” this book is a toolkit for revolution for activists and radical millennials everywhere. GRAHAM JONES is a social movement activist who has been involved in a range of grassroots campaigns and educational initiatives, such as the Radical Think Tank, the Future Society Forum, and Radical Housing Network.

We, the Sovereign GIANPAOLO BAIOCCHI

What does it mean for the people to actually rule? Formal democracy is an empty and cynical shell, while the nationalist Right claims to advance its anti-democratic project in the name of “the People”. How can the Left respond? In this book, Gianpaolo Baiocchi shows that the answer is a radical utopia of popular self-rule. The “people” who rule must be understood as a demos that is totally open, inclusive and egalitarian, constantly expanding its boundaries. But it also means that sovereignty must be absolute, possessing total power over all decisions relevant to the conditions of life. Only this vision can transform political parties and state institutions and make them instruments of total emancipation. Illustrated by the real-life experiences of movements throughout the world, Baiocchi’s provocative vision will be essential reading for all activists who want to understand the true meaning of radical democracy in the twenty-first century. GIANPAOLO BAIOCCHI is a New York City-based scholar and activist. He directs the Urban Democracy Lab at NYU and works closely with organizations such as Right To The City.

Series: Radical Futures

190 x 124mm | 140 pages | July 2018

HB | 978-1-5095-2854-7 £35.00 | $45.00 | €44.90 PB | 978-1-5095-2855-4

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Series: Radical Futures

190 x 124mm | 140 pages | July 2018

HB | 978-1-5095-2135-7 £35.00 | $45.00 | €44.90 PB | 978-1-5095-2136-4

£9.99 | $12.95 | €12.90

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