Nonviolence versus capitalism

by Brian Martin

London: War Resisters' International, 2001

ISBN 0903517 19 1


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Title page and contents

1: Introduction

1: Introduction

2. Nonviolence

2. Nonviolence

3. Capitalism from the point of view of nonviolence strategy

3. Capitalism from the point of view of nonviolence strategy

4. Conventional anticapitalist strategies

4. Conventional anticapitalist strategies

5. Nonviolent alternatives to capitalism

5. Nonviolent alternatives to capitalism

6. Nonviolence strategy

6. Nonviolence strategy

7. Workers' struggles

7. Workers' struggles

8. Sabotage

8. Sabotage

9. Environmental campaigns

9. Environmental campaigns

10. Social defence

10. Social defence

11. Global issues

11. Global issues

12. Economic alternatives as strategies

12. Economic alternatives as strategies

13. Conclusion

13. Conclusion


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Summary

Nonviolent action is the most promising method of moving beyond capitalism to a more humane social and economic system. How can this be achieved? Nonviolence versus Capitalism offers a systematic approach, starting with an analysis of capitalism from the viewpoint of nonviolence, outlining nonviolent economic alternatives and describing what is involved in a nonviolence strategy. A check list for activists is proposed and used to assess diverse campaigns, including workers' struggles, sabotage, environmental campaigns, social defence, global campaigns and economic alternatives.

 

Brian Martin is associate professor in Science, Technology & Society at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He has studied nonviolent action since the late 1970s, is the author of many books and articles, and has long been involved in activist groups.

  
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Acknowledgments

This book is an outgrowth of an article with the same title published in Gandhi Marg, Vol. 21, No. 3, October-December 1999, pp. 283-312, with revisions, updates and the addition of much new material, especially on strategy (chapters 6 to12). I thank Mary Cawte, Ellen Elster, David Lewit, Joanne Sheehan, Wendy Varney, Carl Watner and Tom Weber for helpful comments on drafts.

Reprints

Chapter 1, "Introduction," reprinted in Black (Korean anarchist review), Vol. 1, June 2005, pp. 11-24 (in Korean). Chapter 12, "Economic alternatives as strategies," reprinted in Philosophy and Social Action, Vol. 28, No. 1, January-March 2002, pp. 21-28.