Books

The Political Economy of the Spectacle and Postmodern Caste
ISBN: 978-1642593525
Hardcover & Paperback Editions

Busting out of Plato’s cave: the title of the introduction tells us what the book is about. How do we get out of here, out of this cave of lies and oppression? This is the only question worth asking. John Asimakopoulos explores the cave to its horrible depths in lively detail. And leaves us with the question of whether there is any way out other than stringing the rich up from the nearest lamppost.
– John Holloway, author of many books, Professor, Autonomous University of Puebla, Mexico.

“People have to engage in autonomous extra-institutional action to change social relations.” Asimakopoulos’s important concluding point captures the vital agenda which motivated the arguments of his new book. In accessible, straightforward and jargon-free prose, and elaborating upon Castoriadis’s, Foucault’s, Debord’s and Baudrillard’s insights, he raises fundamental and challenging questions for radical theory and praxis, and concurrently, he draws out the social and political implications of his analysis of the political economy of the society of the spectacle. Asimakopoulos’s passion and commitment are remarkable.
– Christos Memos, author of Castoriadis and Critical Theory, Lecturer, University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland

University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland

Against Capital in the Twenty-First Century: A Reader of Radical Undercurrents
ISBN: 978-1-4399-1358-1
Hardcover & Paperback Editions

“This is a fantastic collection, likely to be adopted in final year undergraduate and postgraduate courses in radical politics, sociology and cultural studies courses, of which there are an increasing number in Europe, the UK and the US. As the authors note, Readers will inevitably exclude important authors, but the list here is interesting, broad and, as they also rightly point out, un-sectarian. There is no equivalent text that I can think of which brings together such a rich collection of primary writings and which will help readers make sense of the interests and concerns of contemporary radical activism.”
Ruth Kinna, Dept. of Politics, History and International Relations, Loughborough University

“In Against Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Asimakopoulos and Gilman-Opalsky have assembled a collection of texts that traverses the borders of Marxism, feminist radicalisms, anarchism and the interstices existing between them. This will be the leading collection for contemporary students of radical thought and practitioners of freedom for decades to come.”
– Deric Shannon, Editor The End of the World As We Know It? Crisis, Resistance, and the Age of Austerity and co-author Political Sociology: Oppression, Resistance, and the State

Against Capital in the Twenty-First Century is more than just a reader. Drawing upon a vast body of theoretical, scholarly, and political literature, ranging from theoretical ideas of Cornelius Castoriadis to transformative analysis of Staughton Lynd, this book generates stunning insights into the continuity and transformation of radical thought. It deserves the widest possible readership.”
– Andrej Grubacic, Director Dept. of Anthropology and Social Change, California Institute of Integral Studies

“In this extremely timely volume, Asimakopoulos and Gilman-Opalsky do an excellent job of weaving together the loose and disparate ends of transformative theory into a unified, mutually-reinforcing whole. Against Capital in the Twenty-First Century is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the theoretical and practical trajectory of radical thought in today’s world.”
Nathan J. Jun, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Midwestern State University

Social Structures of Direct Democracy: On the Political Economy of Equality
ISBN: 978-1608464920 (Studies in Critical Social Sciences)
Hardcover & Paperback Editions

“Ambitious in scope, timely in content, and rigorous in argumentation and analysis, John Asimakopoulos’ Social Structures of Direct Democracy promises to make a significant and lasting contribution to contemporary discussions in democratic theory and political economy. By combining the utopian ethical ideal of the libertarian socialist tradition with the technical precision and analytic cohesiveness of Marxism and classical political economy, Asimakopoulos offers a fresh and innovative perspective on the present and future of democracy, both political and economic, around the globe. The book deserves praise for its interdisciplinary breadth and critical depth.”
Nathan Jun, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Midwestern State University

Social Structures of Direct Democracy is a lucid and powerful analysis of the threat that inequality poses to any viable democracy while also providing a brilliant analysis of the mechanisms that make it so savage and unsustainable. But the book provides more than a critique of inequality, it also offers a stirring program for change at a time when democracy is under dire siege. A must read for anyone concerned about the fate of democracy in the United States.”
Henry Giroux, Center for Research in the Public Interest, McMaster University

Social Structures of Direct Democracy will undoubtedly make an impressive and timely contribution to the literature. The excellent structure, original focus and critical content will ensure that the book enjoys a broad appeal across a range of academic disciplines, at all levels. Indeed, anyone with an interest in (engaging with) new, wonderfully alternative responses to address the current political and economic crisis should buy this book now!”
Richard J White, Senior Lecturer in Economic Geography, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

The Accumulation of Freedom: Writings on Anarchist Economics
ISBN: 9789004262720

Cover accumulation of freedomThe Accumulation of Freedom is timely. A text that explores widespread misunderstandings about anarchy and anarchic thought is most welcome, and this one is particularly valuable due to its impressive synthesis of historical material, reflections on issues such as ‘globalisation’, and contemporary themes.”
Dr. Roger Yates, University College Dublin

“With state-managed, laissez-faire, and welfare economics all being discredited over the last few decades it is high time that a more inclusive and sustainable economic system is introduced—anarchist economics. Instead of complaining and pointing blaming, the editors of this outstanding resource promote a global economic alternative by leading international scholars and important historical figures.”
Sean Parson, Director, Education for Action

“Since 1999, anti-capitalist organizers have sought to present a relevant and hopeful vision to which everyone can relate. The Accumulation of Freedom makes a convincing case for grassroots insurgent politics as not only creative, engaging and vibrant, but also viable for understanding the planet as it is, how it got this way and, most importantly, how to change it.”
Ernesto Aguilar, Pacifica Radio

The Accumulation of Freedom is a timely intervention that offers a discussion of credible and compelling social alternatives – beyond mere conflict management, regulation and democraticisation. Bursting out of the straightjacket of organised and orthodox ideologies, Shannon, Nocella, and Asimakopoulos bring together scholars and activists from different tendencies of the anarchist movement to demonstrate that it is not anarchism that is chaotic and destructive but rather capitalism. Bridging the gap between a pristine anarchist theory and a messy anarchism of the streets, this book is a must read for those interested in working together to build new forms of radical politics that have the power to remake the world.”
Dr. Gregory Martin, University of Technology Sydney

“This book addresses a broadening interest in anarchism — as both theory and politics — in the wake of the deepening economic and social crisis in the United States and elsewhere. It is a very timely collection of articles by first-rate writers that boldly confronts the urgent need for a fundamental alternative to the existing bankrupt power structure.”
Professor Carl Boggs, author of Imperial Delusions and The Hollywood War Machine


Revolt! The Next Great Transformation from Kleptocracy Capitalism to Libertarian Socialism through Counter Ideology, Societal Education, & Direct Action
ISBN: 9780983298205

 2 Revolt coverRevolt! is a superb book, and Asimakopoulos knows that the crisis of the times demands nothing short of a complete transformation of capitalism into a socialist alternative. The time has come for a radical transformation of our social universe. The time has come for Revolt!”
Dr. Peter McLaren,  University of California, Los Angeles

“Machine-breakers were once threatened with the death penalty if they took direct action against the systems of production that reduced them to poverty. Kleptocracy capitalism describes a similar juxtaposition: the facilitation of systematic corporate exploitation running alongside policies which criminalise individuals who steal in order to live. John Asimakopoulos’ critique draws inspiration from the history of working-class activism and, in presenting a clear and accessible analysis of the system’s operation, he also calls for direct action to combat it, passionately giving voice to a popular and deeply held view—that the status quo must be challenged.”
 Dr. Ruth Kinna, Editor, Anarchist Studies

“A welcome return to the center stage of political discourse—and action—for the working class, and class consciousness. A must read for everyone that actually takes working-class self-determination seriously.”
Ramsey Kanaan, PM Press

“The times are ripe for books like Revolt! Where the owning class has nearly succeeded in robbing the world blind in the most recent “global recession,” works like Revolt! are crucial for forming effective class  consciousness and resistance to political-economic tyranny. Revolt! is a healthy return to informed working class aggression, rather than the limp-spined liberalism that defines the “left” in US political discourse.”
Dr. William Armaline, Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator Department of Justice Studies San Jose State University