From the list on envisioning alternatives to capitalism.
Who am I?
Since before I was a teenager, I have been painfully aware of two things: the society I am living in is an extremely racist one, and capitalism fosters egotism, greed, selfishness, and a degradation of what is best in life. Ever since then I have been pursuing the goal of envisioning, and in some way advancing, an alternative to both (which in my view are related). I have suggested these five books because they have given me much inspiration for pursuing this goal, difficult as it surely is. I hope they will prove to be for you as well.
Peter's book list on envisioning alternatives to capitalism
Why did Peter love this book?
This wide-ranging work, first published in 1981, has three outstanding features:
It consists of one of the most sensitive explorations of Rosa Luxemburg, showing that her work as a fervent advocate of socialism and democracy had a feminist dimension.
It connects Marx’s critique of alienation and dehumanized social relations to the perspectives and demands of modern feminism.
It also contained the first detailed discussion in English of Marx’s last decade (1872-83), when he turned to a study of Indigenous peoples in the Americas as well as communal formations in Russia, Asia, and Africa in searching for pathways to socialism that could by-pass the horrors of capitalist industrialization.
It argues that Marx’s critique of capital went further than economics in being part and parcel of the development of a philosophy of revolution.