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Twenty-First Century Socialism

by Jeremy Gilbert

Part of the Radical Futures Series

Twenty-First Century Socialism Synopsis

What causes climate change, social breakdown, rampant inequality and the creeping spread of ubiquitous surveillance? Capitalism. What is the only alternative to capitalism? Socialism. Socialism cannot, however, remain static if it is going to save civilisation from these catastrophes. In this urgent manifesto for a 21st century left, Jeremy Gilbert shows that we need a revitalised socialist politics that learns from the past to adapt to contemporary challenges. He argues that socialism must overcome its industrial origins and give priority to an environmental agenda. In an age of global networks, digital technology and instant communication, central government diktat and restrictions on free speech and movement must be jettisoned. We need to control the economy rather than let it control us - but we must do this by empowering workers, citizens and communities to run their world their way. It's time to take back the wealth, the services and the platforms that our own energy has built. In the digital age, it's time for a new socialism.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781509536566
Publication date: 8th November 2019
Author: Jeremy Gilbert
Publisher: Polity Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 140 pages
Categories: Political science & theory,

About Jeremy Gilbert

Jeremy Gilbert is Professor of Cultural and Political Theory at the University of East London

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