It’s Not Over: Learning From the Socialist Experiment analyzes the 20th century attempts to supplant capitalism to gain understandings for the emerging and future movements that seek to overcome the political, economic and environmental crises of today. As millions of people around the world question the economic assumptions that they have long lived with, it is inevitable that they will want to know more about attempts to supplant capitalism in the past. It’s Not Over examines this history, from the Paris Commune to the fall of the Soviet Union. The book analyzes the development of the October Revolution, fully in context with its isolation after the failure of the German revolution, and the Soviet Union’s trajectory and fall. The Prague Spring of Czechoslovakia and Sandinista Nicaragua are also examined in detail. The book concludes with a chapter on the limitations of capitalism, and ideas and discussion of what a better world might look like. Pete Dolack is an activist, writer and photographer who has worked with several organizations focusing on human rights, social justice, environmental and trade issues. He writes about the economic crisis and the political and environmental issues connected to it on the Systemic Disorder blog. His articles have appeared in popular publications including CounterPunch, ZNet, The Ecologist and Green Social Thought.
Monday, March 7, 2016 - 7:30pm