by Stephanie McMillan
Idees Nouvelles Idees Proletariennes
2015, paperback, 2nd edition
This 248-page book uses text and comics to explain in simple terms what capitalism is, how it works, why it’s irredeemable, and what we can do to end it. Oppression, ecocide, inequality, and exploitation can’t be voted away or escaped. We can’t get rid of them through consumer or lifestyle choices. If you really want to end the atrocities, you need to join the worldwide fight against capitalism!
Part 1 of the book explains the economic mechanisms of capitalism, and why the growth imperative is built into it. Part 2 explains the kind of organizations we need to build and support, in order to have a fighting chance against this ruthless global system.
Throughout, cartoons make the points even more clear (and might make you laugh as well). (Please note: the cartoons in the print version are in black and white).
Stephanie McMillan, winner of the 2012 RFK Journalism Award, is the creator of the comics “Minimum Security,” “Code Green,” and six previous books (including two graphic novels plus The Beginning of the American Fall, comics journalism about the Occupy movement, Seven Stories Press 2012). Her cartoons have run in hundreds of publications including the Los Angeles Times, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Yahoo news, Daily Beast, Yes! magazine, San Francisco Bay Guardian, and The Occupied Wall Street Journal.
She distills 30 years of experience in organizing against capitalism into this book, with the hope that people will not only read it, but also use it as an organizing tool, and inspiration to join the struggle. Let’s build a movement to weaken, and ultimately defeat, this evil, omnicidal system, and build a classless and sustainable way of life!