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Crack Capitalism

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Crack Capitalism, argues that radical change can only come about through the creation, expansion and multiplication of 'cracks' in the capitalist system. These cracks are ordinary moments or spaces of rebellion in which we assert a different type of doing.

John Holloway's previous book, Change the World Without Taking Power, sparked a world-wide debate among activists and s
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 7th 2010 by Pluto Press (first published June 15th 2010)
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Dec 03, 2012 Jordan rated it it was ok
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I had assumed that this book would just be a list of examples of the usual suspects doing progressive-ish things like recycling and growing veggies and sternly wagging their fingers at rapists. It wasn't.

Crack Capitalism revolves around the antagonism (a "living antagonism," as Holloway rather testily insists) between the two aspects of labour: abstract and concrete. As part of his argument, the author insists on some new terminology to replace the (supposedly) confusing language used by Marx. T
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I can't say enough great things about this book. First off, after reading his "change the world without taking power," crack capitalism seemed effortless. Unlike the first book, he really tries to articulate and breakdown his argument. He accomplishes this by writing shorter chapters (2-4 pages, with maybe 3 exceptions) and reducing the amount of pages he uses to elucidate his arguments. This is unlike "Change the World" because in the middle of that book, it seemed like his arguments got really ...more
Feb 06, 2014 Phakin rated it really liked it
รีวิวครึงเลมแรกไวประมาณหนึง อานจบครึงเลมหลัง ยังถึงไมออกเลยวาจะรีวิวอะไรเพิม ประเดนมันมีหนอยเดียวแหละ ทีเหลือเปนรายละเอียดมหึมา
Jan 22, 2012 Lizanne rated it it was amazing
One of the most influential authors I have ever read... This is a tough read, but well worth the struggle.
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This is so very disappointing. I had high hopes for this thesis. I wanted something that built on Galbraith's polemic Affluent Society or even challenged Friedman's didactic Capitalism & Freedom with more than bold caps and exclamation points. Or it could of taken a more journalistic feel similar to Paul Hawken's deliberating Blessed Unrest or Naomi Klein's shocking Shock Doctrine.
It lacked prose, fluidity, a strong underlying narrative and a convincing argument. I
M. Gilliland
Apr 30, 2013 M. Gilliland rated it it was ok
Well so far I've only read some extracts on Ebrary, I gave it 4 stars initially but would reduce that to 2, the later chapters seemed to waffle and his idea of updating Marxism seems to be inventing lots of new jargon.

My preliminary view is that the value of the book is that it points to revolution without taking power, as in his more famous 1st book. No clues however as to how this could happen, but it's true most of our activity is outside capitalism and in many societies it has never worked
Jun 25, 2013 Inna rated it really liked it
Pretty good book on what to do about capitalism. The author points out that capitalism is upheld by human action and by human perceptions. As such, it has to have weaknesses, places where it might and does crack. Why? Because capitalism imposes on human being a logic that cannot possibly work - logic according to which all human actions should serve a total system of the market.
I liked the analysis, though I would expect a bit more on how the dialectics of change might work. Though the author s
Mar 05, 2014 Dusan rated it it was amazing
I am rereading parts of John Holloway's Crack Capitalism in the light of protests in my home country, Bosnia. Very strong call for non-partisan stepping out of the unnatural, unjust and not functioning capitalist system. It is all cracking.
"Critical/crisis theory is the theory of our own misfitting. Humanity (in all its senses) jars increasingly with capitalism. It becomes harder and harder to fit as capital demands more and more. Ever more people simply do not fit in to the system, or, if we do
May 04, 2013 Agent rated it it was ok
I'm going to make this brief.
40 pages in i lost all interest in crack capitalism it way too much repetitive technical terms and with the size of it crack capitalism was tiresome and with the layout i was lost.
would not recommend to anyone
Rui Coelho
Jul 05, 2015 Rui Coelho rated it it was amazing
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Great book! Even better than his "Changing the World Without Taking Power", "Crack Capitalism" puts out the basis for a new (and very Foucauldian) understanding of everyday politics under capitalist social relations.
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May 10, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it
Marx is being made useful again...
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Sociologist, philosopher and lawyer by profession. Holloway is closely associated with Open or Autonomous Marxism and anti-globalisation movements such as the Zapatistas.

His 2002 book, Change the World Without Taking Power, has been the subject of much debate and brought him to a wider audience.
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“Comradeship, dignity, amorosity, love, solidarity, fraternity, friendship, ethics: all these names stand in contrast to the commodified, monetised relations of capitalism, all describe relations developed in struggles against capitalism and which can be seen as anticipating or creating a society beyond capitalism.” 4 likes
“The real determinant of society is hidden behind the state and the economy: it is the way in which our everyday activity is organised, the subordination of our doing to the dictates of abstract labour, that is, of value, money, profit. It is this abstraction which is, after all, the very existence of the state. If we want to change society, we must stop the subordination of our activity to abstract labour, do something else.” 1 likes
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