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Is there an alternative to capitalism? In this landmark text Chomsky and Waterstone chart a critical map for a more just and sustainable society.

“Covid-19 has revealed glaring failures and monstrous brutalities in the current capitalist system. It represents both a crisis and an opportunity.... Everything depends on the actions that people take into their own hands.” - From the afterword

How do politics shape our world, our lives, and our perceptions? How much of “common sense” is actually driven by the ruling class’ needs and interests? And how are we to challenge the capitalist structures that now threaten all life on the planet?

Consequences of Capitalism exposes the deep, often unseen, connections between neoliberal “common sense” and structural power. In making these linkages, we see how the current hegemony keeps social justice movements divided and marginalized. And, most importantly, we see how we can fight to overcome these divisions.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2021 Valeria Chomsky and Marv Waterstone (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Everyone must read this book.

A very thorough presentation of the current global struggles we face and the history of their origin. Deep truth is presented in this text, it is difficult to face. Know that you are not alone in your journey of coming to terms with reality. Struggle is shared. Your allies are waiting. Be inspired by this work to seek out a place for yourself in social movements.

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Scathing

Noam and Marv collectively, with evidence and sources, derail and obliterate what is taken for "commin history" in schools across American high schools. The book will cut your identity asunder and replace it with gripping reality. A crash course for all political science.

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A substantive examination of Capitalism

I just finished listening to this for the second time. The book lives up to its title as ot explains in great detail the consequences of Capitalism for the working class.

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Fantastic Book by a all time intellectual

Truly no better book I would recommend in terms of getting your feet wet with knowledge on the hardships capitalism has caused and is going to continue to cause, and learn to recognize them, and hopefully want to make a difference in helping to make change.

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Inconsistent with Noam’s other works

At times it seems to engage in scripted rhetorical dialogue and lack the objectivity and thoroughness that characterize his other works.

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All citizens need to hear this book.

The content of his lectures is quite alarming as American democracy is dying. He and Howard Zinn have really spelled out the treachery that is coming not only to the US but to the world. Fascism will happen again
but they will call it democracy.

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Brilliant

Great information delivered in a concentrated way. Reminiscent of Death of the Liberal Class, by Chris Hedges.

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A great book with two big problems.

Typical Chomsky. Makes very powerful, nuanced, and shocking critiques. It must have been dozens of moments he said something and I thought or said aloud, "there's no way that's true". Only to search the thing and find a source proving me wrong.

The reason I give this 3 stars is for two reasons. The first stat lost was because of his implicit support of the CCP. He certainly didn't say he supported it, but spoke of it in a way that can only be described as "cushy".

The benefit of the doubt was always extended where it should not have been, especially regarding COVID. I'm sure he looks back at these words now and regrets them. This because the situation in China as of today is truly dire and dystopian in a way it wasn't then, but is by no means unexpected. Had be discussed China with the same skeptical, untrusting, and worried mindset as he treated the liberal west, this would not have occured.

The next star was lost because of his section on environmentalism. No way to sugarcoat this. It was bad. Unproductive, and if internalized by his audience of passionate fans, truly destructive to the cause he wishes to support. This has two reasons I can recall. First, when it came to nuclear energy, his analysis was absolutely riddled with falsehoods and fear mongering which was ironic having come between chapters where he admonishes the neoliberal and conservatives who use falsehoods and fear mongering to divide the working class.

The second problem was the things he did not say. A person reading this book with little information outside of this book would finish the environmentalist chapter with a mindset that would actively hurt the cause. The chapter dives into the problems with the renewable energy sources, which are all too real, and then almost totally stops. We get a solid explanation for what should be done, but get nothing on what feasibly CAN be done, or what should be done by the reader. I know that isnt the purpose of this book at all, but any discussion of environmentalism, even if only implicitly, tells the reader what can be done, what will be productive and unproductive and so informs what they should do. Combined with the terrible analysis of the danger, feasibility, and usefulness of nuclear energy, and I'd implore the reader to get their information on this topic from a source with less ignorance and overt bias.

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Timely, Informative, and Relevant

I must confess to a certain level of ineptitude. They took this book from transcripts of a class taught by Chomsky and Waterstone, and I feel I must divulge that I fear I would not ace the final. There is so much information in there. Chomsky and Waterstone are brilliant men, and I would expect no less from them, but my mind could only digest the premise along with a few supporting facts. Other than that, one galling fact, this book was a treasure. Chomsky is one of my favorites and I liked Waterstone as well even if there was something about him that made me feel like he was the kind of instructor who would laugh with glee as he redlined my term paper like a two-year-old with a crayon and a white wall. This book redesigned my worldview, my political proclivities, and the narrator did a decent job. He could have been more alive, but he did nothing to mess it up and he had a nice voice. I would recommend this book to anyone. We can all fail the final together. We will still be smarter for it when we watch the 5 o’clock news. Trust me.

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A Masterpiece

Connects all the dots. Social transformation is not about simply eliminating a particular behavior, it is about transforming the system(s) that gives rise to that behavior in the first place. 👌🏾

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