It's Not You, It's Capitalism: Why It's Time to Break Up and How to Move On

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by Malaika Jabali

Algonquin Books

10/24/2023, hardcover

SKU: 9781643752648


This biting, brilliant, often hilarious guide to socialism by journalist Malaika Jabali debunks myths, centers forgotten socialists of color who have shaped our world, and shows socialism is not all Marx and Bernie Bros--it's time for all of us to ditch capitalism and try something finer.

We've all dated someone who took control of the relationship--you know, someone who makes you feel like you're unhappy because you're just not putting in the work, or it's all in your head. But when you think about trying to meet new people, it feels terrifying. Like, have you looked at Tinder recently? It's rough out there!

Your tough-love new best friend, award-winning journalist, policy attorney, and life-long socialist Malaika Jabali is here to say: we are all in a generations-long toxic relationship with Capitalism, and it is time to get the h*ll out of there and move ALONG.

She gives you everything you need to know about what a healthy relationship could actually look like, issue by issue--from healthcare and housing to the whole concept of American democracy--with our new boo: Socialism. And no, Socialism isn't the boring, grey, authoritarian, Cold-War-era monster that you've heard about.

With accessible explanations and illustrations, often surprising graphs and stats, and some Drake memes, this book will show you that we NEED to build a world that's safer, kinder, cleaner, healthier, and more equal. And that this isn't a utopian dream - it's within our grasp, if we collectively decide to call out Capitalism for what it really is and wake up to a better future.


"Each year a multibillion-dollar self-help industry inundates us with books promising a path to love, happiness, confidence, prosperity, better relationships, and a better life. But It's Not You, It's Capitalism is the only one that can save your life. Don't be fooled by Malaika Jabali's witty prose and satirical mastery. Leaving after centuries of definite social relations is serious business. Beneath capitalism's tailored designer clothes and flashy smile is a batterer, a narcissistic exploiter with a jones for profit and a determination to destroy anyone or anything that gets in the way. Neither couples therapy nor a less abusive partner will save us or our planet. What we need are new ways to love and live, together." -- Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

"I'm sitting here, in awe, trying to wrap my head around how Malaika conjured something so vibrant and timely and fun (and even flirty) while also being rigorous, evergreen, and fucking terrifying. She's an alchemist, and this isn't just a crucial text about the pathology of capitalism--and how to ghost it--it's a philosopher's stone of a debut." -- Damon Young, author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker

About the Author:

Malaika Jabali is the Senior News and Politics Editor at Essence Magazine. Her writing has appeared in The RootTeen VogueThe New Republic, and The Guardian, where she was a columnist. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was an Articles Editor for the Columbia Journal of Race and Law, and an M.S. from the Columbia University School of Social Work. Her first political feature, "The Color of Economic Anxiety," won the 2019 New York Association for Black Journalists award for magazine feature. She is a licensed attorney who has written laws and worked in housing policy for the New York City Council and the former Co-Chair of Operation P.O.W.E.R., a grassroots organization based in Brooklyn focused on bringing Black radical politics to New York City.