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Now Available in paperback!

Democracy and Economic Planning
Pat Devine
University of Manchester

“A democratically planned socialist economy – perhaps along the lines of Pat Devine’s model of negotiated coordination – offers the best hope of realizing the values of the anti-capitalist movement.” Alex Callinicos, King’s College, London

“In this fascinating book, which deserves to be widely read, Pat Devine raises numerous important and interesting questions about the management of the economy.” Times Higher Education

An excerpt from the new preface:
This book was first published in 1988, the year before the Berlin wall came down and three years before the Soviet Union collapsed. The short-lived era of free-market capitalist triumphalism that followed was not an auspicious time for a book on economic planning. Since then, growing awareness of the depth of the ecological and social crisis facing us, together with the most severe economic crisis since the 1930s, has rekindled belief that ‘another world is possible’, a post-capitalist world. But what would such a world look like, in particular, how would economic activity in such a world be organised? The model of democratic planning through negotiated coordination set out in Part IV of the book offers an answer to this question by outlining a possible architecture for the institutions and processes through which a self-governing society might operate.

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Dear All

The Marxism in Culture reading group will resume its monthly meetings on Friday the 22nd of October 2010 at 5.30. The group meets on Friday evenings in SR5 at the UCL History of Art Department, 20-21 Gordon Square, and discusses key texts, both historical and contemporary, that have a bearing on Marxist aesthetics and radical cultural theory and practice more generally. Thus far, we have looked at texts by Marx and Engels, Lukács, Brecht, Adorno, Bensaid, Eagleton, Debord, Bakhtin and the Retort collective, to name just a few.

In our first meeting for this term we will discuss Alain Badiou’s The Communist Hypothesis.

If you are interested in participating then please contact Antigoni Memou at:

Best Wishes
Warren Carter, Maggie Gray, Antigoni Memou

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Haymarket author and BBC Newsnight’s Economics Editor Paul Mason appeared Friday morning, September 24, on Democracy Now! (

Mason on Live Working or Die Fighting: How the Working Class Went Global

The Census Bureau latest report shows that the numbers of Americans living in poverty and without health insurance have skyrocketed. 43.6 million people-about one in seven-lived below the poverty level of $22,000 for a family of four in 2009, pushing the national poverty rate to a fifteen-year high of 14.3 percent. We speak with British journalist Paul Mason about his new book, Live Working or Die Fighting: How the Working Class Went Global.

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Live Working or Die Fighting
How the Working Class Went Global
Haymarket Books
Published: 07/01/2010
978-1-60846-070-0 | $17.00 | Trade Paper


‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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