In which Wood is at great pains to remind us that capitalism is not a natural force or state but a historically-specific set of market imperatives. Am...moreIn which Wood is at great pains to remind us that capitalism is not a natural force or state but a historically-specific set of market imperatives. Amen.
She is less convincing when arguing that the root of this society lies not in cities or industrialism but in the rent practices of the English countryside, largely because a lot of these sections seem to default to “read about this in my other, lengthier books.” This under-200-page volume is caught in some weird middle ground between pamphlet/article and book, and functions mostly as a quick overview to Wood’s thought in general, I think - which is fine, but not the way the book is presented.
On the other hand, I am now definitely interested in reading her more substantive books, so...(less)
A collection of interviews and a few essays from the NLR regarding movements involved in the World Social Forum and organized against neoliberal globa...moreA collection of interviews and a few essays from the NLR regarding movements involved in the World Social Forum and organized against neoliberal globalization. The first two sections are organized geographically (global South and global North) and have some really interesting interviews, but I was hoping for a lot more cohesion or tying together of these movements and themes- which the final section, of analytical essays, should have given, but these focused much more than the interviews on the most recent WSF, and felt more like a series of kind of repetitive introductions, of which I think the only one really worth reading was Emir Sader's. The whole thing closes with an essay from Wallerstein which, as seems to be his M.O., presents some great points and brilliant ideas (none of which are footnoted or backed up at all), but also some bizarre mischaracterizations (it was news to me, for example, that the African American civil rights movement was an example of the move of the Left away from an interest in working with state power?).
Also, only one female interviewee and one female essayist? For shame, NLR. (less)