Crisis And Revolution A New Book By Activist Group Observatorio Metropolitano And Available For Free Download
‘Crisis and Revolution’ is a new book written and published by Observatorio Metropolitano, an activist group based in Madrid, Spain. The English version is available here to download was translated and edited by Dublin based activists and researchers Mick Byrne, Patrick Bresnihan and Richard McAleavey.
The book offers a much needed critical and European wide analysis of the ongoing economic and political crises and struggles. It appears at a time when the existing media and political spokespeople fail so miserably to relate to or understand the feelings and frustrations of the people they are supposed to represent as well as the structural (il) logic of financial capitalism which remains fundamentally unchallenged. This failure is in part due to a lack of knowledge and discussion around new forms of capitalist reproduction (through the financialisation of more areas of our lives, including housing, education and health) as well as the absence of any meaningful reflection on the incipient movements for change which have emerged throughout Europe.
These movements have been diverse but they mark a popular rejection of an unjust debt burden, chronic unemployment and the general experience of uncertainty felt by so many people within society (students, migrants, artists, workers). Perhaps the most significant quality of the book is the way in which it traverses Europe, revealing that our problems are not individual, community or even national problems, but problems for all of us to struggle against collectively in thought and deed.
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