The Capitalist Mode of Destruction: Austerity, Ecological Crisis and the Hollowing Out of Democracy (Geopolitical Economy) (Hardcover)

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This book interprets contemporary capitalism's economic, ecological and democratic crises as manifestations of a previously unrecognized contradiction: over time the benefits from capitalism's technological dynamism tend to decline even as its threats for humanity and the planet escalate. To explain this contradiction, Panayotakis rethinks the production and distribution of surplus in capitalist societies. Identifying the public sector and households as sites of surplus production as important as the capitalist workplace, this book attributes capitalism's increasing destructiveness to working people's lack of control over the surplus they produce. Only a classless society, in which working people democratically control the surplus, can reverse our current trajectory. Identifying such a democratic classless society as the essence of the communist ideal, The capitalist mode of destruction shows this ideal to be as relevant as ever.

About the Author


Costas Panayotakis is Professor of Sociology at the New York City College of Technology at the City University of New York


Product Details
ISBN: 9781526144508
ISBN-10: 1526144506
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: February 2nd, 2021
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Geopolitical Economy