Book Reviews

The Corruption of Capitalism by Guy Standing: review by Brian Davey

This book is a powerful attack on rentier capitalism and, very explicitly, a call to revolt. Standing is at his best describing the features of crony capitalism that are totally different from the neo-liberal story of free markets that justifies it. While a very informative read, the analysis urgently needs to be expanded if the emerging commons movement is to be able to adapt to the limits to growth.

Journey to Earthland: review by Mark Garavan

This book by Paul Raskin constructs a possible future world scenario not so much as a prediction but as a map which we can use if we can mobilise collectively into a common movement which leads the human community forward. Perhaps, as Raskin suggests, it is only now – when finally everything is at stake – that progressive forces can finally mobilise on the scale needed. Meanwhile, the planet itself is moving and becoming active whether we respond or not.

The Oracle of Oil: Review

M King Hubbert, known as 'the father of peak oil,' was one of the first to question unlimited economic growth. "In his life and career you find the seeds of major environmental, socioeconomic and political challenges which we are still confronted with today, and which still need solving," writes Jacqueline Mathewes in this review of Mason Inman's biography.