Post Growth Life after Capitalism TIM JACKSON University of Surrey “Empowering and elegiac” Yanis Varoufakis, author of Another Now “A tour de force, sinuous, disruptive – a masterpiece of measured rage and love.” Jonathon Porritt, author of Hope in Hell “A thrilling intellectual journey towards a postgrowth world” Roman Krznaric, author of The Good Ancestor “Economic wisdom wrapped up in poetry. A beautiful read.” Kate Raworth, author of Doughnut Economics “Utterly inspiring… an urgent and eloquent plea for radical change” Caroline Lucas, MP, Green Party “Extraordinary, powerful and beautifully written – difficult to put down” Mamphela Ramphele, Co-President, The Club of Rome “An unapologetic, clear-eyed vision” Kerry Kennedy, author of RFK: Ripples of Hope Our prevailing vision of social progress is fatally dependent on a false promise: that there will always be more and more for everyone. Forged in the crucible of capitalism, this foundational myth has come dangerously unravelled. The relentless pursuit of eternal growth has delivered ecological destruction, financial fragility, social instability and the biggest global health crisis in a century. What should we do when our myths desert us? How are we to adjust to a new economic normal? What does life after capitalism look like? Weaving together philosophical reflection, economic insight and social vision, Tim Jackson’s provocative thesis is that a post growth society is a richer, not a poorer one. Material progress has changed our lives – in many ways for the better. But the luxury of having can too easily obscure the happiness of belonging, the satisfaction of achieving and the simple lightness of being. A genuine prosperity demands a deeper respect for relationship and meaning than capitalism allows. Jackson’s far-reaching essay is both a manifesto for system change and an invitation to rekindle a deeper conversation about the nature of the human condition.
216 x 138mm | 256 pages | UK March 2021, US May 2021 HB | 978-1-5095-4251-2 | £50.00 | $64.95 | €61.90 PB | 978-1-5095-4252-9 | £14.99 | $19.95 | €18.90 ebook available
Mutual Aid The Other Law of the Jungle PABLO SERVIGNE AND GAUTHIER CHAPELLE Translated by Andrew Brown “More than welcome at a time when we so badly need to foster cooperation, solidarity and benevolence.” Matthieu Ricard, author of Altruism: The Science and Psychology of Kindness In the merciless arena of life, we are all subject to the law of the jungle, to ruthless competition and the survival of the fittest – such is the myth that has given rise to a society that has become toxic for our generation and our planet. Through a multidisciplinary inquiry, Pablo Servigne and Gauthier Chapelle explore a vast, forgotten continent of mutual aid in order to discover the mechanisms of this ‘other law of the jungle’. In so doing, they provide a more rounded view of the world of living things and give us some of the conceptual tools we need to move beyond the vicious circle of competition and self-destruction.
210 x 140mm | 310 pages | UK December 2021, US March 2022 HB | 978-1-5095-4791-3 | £55.00 | $69.95 | €67.90 PB | 978-1-5095-4792-0 | £17.99 | $24.95 | €21.90 ebook available
The Climate Coup MARK ALIZART Translated by Robin Mackay “Everyone will find much to disagree with in Alizart’s short new book. I certainly do. But that’s not the point. The point of his non-fiction novella is to provoke, and to force one to consider certain disturbing possibilities. In that objective, he undoubtedly succeeds.” Rupert Read, author of Parents for a Future: How loving our children can prevent climate collapse Inaction by governments in the face of climate change is often attributed to a lack of political will or a denial of the seriousness of the situation, but as Mark Alizart argues in this provocative book, we shouldn’t exclude the possibility that part of the reluctance might be motivated by cynicism and even sheer evil: for some people, there are real financial and political benefits to be gained from the chaos that will ensue from environmental disaster. The climate crisis creates its winners – individuals who orchestrate environmental chaos and bet on the collapse of the world as they bet on declining share values. In the face of this veritable ‘carbofascist’ coup targeting humanity, modifying our behaviour as individuals won’t suffice. We must train our critical attention on those financial and political actors who speculate on catastrophe and, in the light of this, we must rethink the strategy of ecological activism. This is a war to win, not a crisis to overcome.
190 x 124mm | 90 pages | UK June 2021, US September 2021 HB | 978-1-5095-4613-8 | £35.00 | $45.00 | €42.90 PB | 978-1-5095-4614-5 | £9.99 | $12.95 | €12.90 ebook available
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