Monday, 20 February 2012

Book Review: Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions by Paul Mason

This must be the best book written by someone from the mainstream left and working within the conventional media I have read in a long time-in fact I found it absolutely inspiring for that very reason. If even the economics editor of the BBC's Newsnight can produce so radical an analysis then something must be up. Unlike Kline's The Shock Doctrine written before the credit crunch, which described a system of complete power and its victims being reduced to abject powerlessness, Mason's book is suffused with optimism and hope. At its centre is the explosion of resistance coalescing in 2011 which has elements both new (social media, networks, etc) and as old as the response to corrupt power and economic exploitation since the dawn of time (1848, Paris Commune, 1968, etc) Maybe at last as Paul Mason says the age of capitalist realism is over.

Unfortunately doing a cursory search I was unable to find an in-depth review that really resonated with me (nothing from an autonomist perspective either). The nearest I could find was David Wearing from New Left Project here. 

Below is Paul Mason talking about his book at the LSE.

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