How to Be an Anticapitalist in the Twenty-First Century

How to Be an Anticapitalist in the Twenty-First Century

What is wrong with capitalism, and how can we change it?

Capitalism has transformed the world and increased our productivity, but at the cost of enormous human suffering. Our shared values - equality and fairness, democracy and freedom, community and solidarity - can both provide the basis for a critique of capitalism, and help to guide us towards a socialist and democratic society.

In this elegant book, Erik Olin Wright has distilled decades of work into a concise and tightly argued manifesto - analyzing the varieties of anti-capitalism, assessing different strategic approaches, and laying the foundations for a society dedicated to human flourishing. How to Be an Anticapitalist in the 21st Century is an urgent and powerful argument for socialism, and a unparalleled guide to help us get there. Another world is possible.

Title:How to Be an Anticapitalist in the Twenty-First Century
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781788736053
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  • Anna

    I'm pleased that this was the last book I finished in 2019. It was another Christmas present and I found it an excellent train read. There is a definite sadness to 'How to Be an Anticapitalist in the ...

  • Quin Rich

    This book is so terrible and unnecessary that it almost turned me into a Marxist Leninist out of spite. Wright has the audacity to redefine socialism to include markets, private ownership, and wage la...

  • Matt McGorry

    Great book! Super clear and broken down into all of its parts. Highly recommend for clarity around the problems with capitalism and how we get to socialism. ...

  • MJ Nicholls

    This pithy primer for democratic socialism is a perfect excuse to plug my suggestion for improving the world by having the Scandinavians shadow everyone in our debased deregulated dystopias. From Scot...

  • Philipp

    2020 continues strong - Wright's How To Be An Anticapitalist in the Twenty-First Century feels like an answer or an extension to Fisher's Capitalist Realism. Fisher posited that it has become impossib...

  • Wendy Liu

    I'm a fan of Erik Olin Wright generally, but this book didn't really speak to me as much as I expected. Maybe I'm not the right audience; maybe our current moment is the wrong time to read a book like...

  • Steffi

    ‘How to be an Anticapitalist in the 21st century’ (VERSO, 2019) is Erik Olin Wright’s (EOW) last book, written in 2018 when he was already battling with cancer from which he died eventually in J...

  • Andrew Clarke

    I gave it five stars because of the sheer number of new ideas introduced to me in this book. For people with strong backgrounds in socialism, socialist theory, or whatever, they may not be as excited ...

  • T

    A half decent introduction into thinking like a socialist in the 21st century, by one of the more policy and 'on the ground' Marxists of our time. One problem is Wright is too liberal, and oftentimes ...

  • Eric Bottorff

    Sad that this is Wright's final book. But it's a fitting end to an amazing career....