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Socialism or Barbarism: From the “American Century” to the Crossroads

Socialism or Barbarism: From the “American Century” to the Crossroads

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By István Mészáros

This bold new study analyzes the historical choices facing us at the outset of the new millennium. Drawing on the theoretical arguments of his monumental and widely-acclaimed Beyond Capital, Istvan Meszaros gives new meaning and urgency to the alternatives posed by Rosa Luxemburg at the beginning of the century. His detailed analysis of the roots and development of US global power shows how its supremacy has come at the cost of exhausting the universalizing pretensions of capitalism. The destructive tendencies of capitalism are a greater threat today than ever before.

As a sequel to this important study, an extended interview discusses the main categories underlying his analysis and their relevance to contemporary politics.

Published 2007