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Whose Crisis, Whose Future?

ISBN: 978-0-7456-5138-5
212 pages
December 2010, Polity
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Crisis? Whose crisis? Today we are in the midst of a multifaceted crisis which touches the lives of everyone on the planet. Whether it's growing poverty and inequality or shrinking access to food and water, the collapse of global financial markets or the dire effects of climate change, every aspect of this crisis can be traced to a transnational neoliberal elite that has steadily eroded our rights and stripped us of power.

And yet our world has never been so wealthy, and we have, right now, all the knowledge, tools and skills we need to build a greener, fairer, richer world. Such a breakthrough is not some far-fetched utopia, but an immediate, concrete possibility. Our future is in our hands.

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Introduction: Choosing Freedom.

1. The Wall of Finance.

2. The Wall of Poverty and Inequality.

3. The Most Basic Basics.

4. The Wall of Conflict.

5. Our Future.

Notes.

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Susan George is board chair of the Transnational Institute.
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  • Major new book from Susan George - a leading political commentator whose previous books have been massively influential and widely read and reviewed.
  • Provocative and radical, this book could attract lots of media attention in addition to Susan’s large and loyal activist audience.
  • Elucidates pressing global economic and ecological crises in a clear, personable narrative style aimed squarely at non-specialist general readers.
  • Combines a systematic account of the current global crisis with a bold, ambitious program for social change.
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"It is a rare and wonderful thing when a book by one of our most trusted intellects arrives at the precise moment in history when it is needed most. All that is left is for us to pick it up and act to change the course of history."
Naomi Klein

 

"George has a brilliant capacity to see through the complex layers of a finance-driven world created by and for elites. She also, thankfully, has the intellectual sharpness and political passion to inspire the fight for change."
New Internationalist

"A very useful and eminently readable treatise on the present impasse."
Morning Star

"George's passion and knowledge of her staggeringly broad subject matter can't help but come through."
Red Pepper

"An important read for those who believe change is necessary."
Irish Times

"A really valuable and impressive book. Susan George leads us through a chamber of horrors ... Fortunately, the lucid and carefully documented picture she presents also shows that there are paths out of the darkness, realistic and within reach if the will is there. Lessons to be taken to heart by those who have concern for humans and their fate."
Noam Chomsky

"Susan George has a rare gift for seeing the big picture. She explains with great clarity the forces that oppress us, the choices that face us and the action that needs to be taken. Please read this book: it will equip you better than any other to confront the injustices of a world run for the benefit of a tiny elite."
George Monbiot

"This book is a lighthouse for our times. It shines a penetrating light onto the causes of our current devastating problems and onto the people responsible. It illustrates, with great clarity, the necessary solutions and shows that the power to achieve these lies in our hands. It combines the bleakness of The Road with a belief in the human power for transformation. Ultimately, it is a beacon of hope."
Stewart Wallis


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