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What We Are Fighting For

What We Are Fighting For

Federico Campagna | Emanuele Campiglio


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*Shortlisted for the Bread and Roses Prize, 2013*

From the pens of major figures of the anti-austerity movement, comes the first radical, collective manifesto of the new decade.

From participatory democracy to media reform, from direct action to communal living, What Are We Fighting For is a bold look at alternatives to the economic, social and political travesty of contemporary capitalism. Chapters from Owen Jones, David Graeber, John Holloway, Nina Power, Mark Fisher, Franco Berardi Bifo and Marina Sitrin show a multifaceted but collective desire for a better world.

Anarchists, communists, feminists and autonomists come together to inspire us to think beyond neoliberalism.
'A rallying point for all those who resist the dogmas of contemporary politics and seek a fresh set of alternatives'
Simon Critchley, Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School, New York, and author of The Faith of the Faithless (2012).
'Here are the first flowers of spring: the beginning of an epochal dialogue about the human future. Inspired by the Occupy movements across the world, What We Are Fighting For should inspire all of us to join the conversation'
Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums and City of Quartz.

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Cover Cover
Contents v
Acknowledgements vii
Preface: Exodus Without Promised Land - Christian Marazzi viii
Notes on Contributors xii
Introduction: What Are We Struggling For? - Federico Campagna and Emanuele Campiglio 1
Part 1: New Economics 9
1. Participatory Economics from Capitalism - Michael Albert 11
2. Let Ideas and Art be International, Goods be Homespun, and Finance Primarily National - Ann Pettifor 18
3. A New Local Financial System for Sustainable Communities - Milford Bateman 29
4. A Struggle for Meaning - Shaun Chamberlin 42
Part 2: New Governance 53
5. Towards a New Model Commune - Richard Seymour 55
6. People and Power: Four Notes on Democracy and Dictatorship - Peter Hallward 61
7. Practical Utopianism and Ecological Citizenship - Mark J. Smith 73
8. Occupy: Making Democracy a Question - Marina Sitrin 85
Part 3: New Public 95
9. New Class Politics - Owen Jones 97
10. 'An Excess of Democracy' - Hilary Wainwright 104
11. A Programme of Media Reform - Dan Hind 115
12. Renewing Intersectionality - Zillah Eisenstein 123
Part 4: New Social Imagination 129
13. Post-Capitalist Desire - Mark Fisher 131
14. The Transversal Function of Disentanglement - Franco Berardi 'Bifo' 139
15. Why Do We Obey? - Saul Newman 146
16. Squandering - Federico Campagna 153
Part 5: Tactics of Struggle 163
17. Revolution at the Level of Common Sense - David Graeber 165
18. Winning the Media War: Why There is no Such Thing as a Bad Protester - Nina Power 176
19. Reforming the Unreformable - Alberto Toscano 182
20. Direct Action and Unmediated Struggle - South London Solidarity Federation 190
Afterword: Rage Against the Rule of Money - John Holloway 199