Socialist Register 2019
Volume 55: A World Turned Upside Down?

Panitch, Leo; Albo, Greg (eds.)

Date Written:  02/10/2018
Year Published:  2018  
Active Serial

Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX23419

Since the Great Financial Crisis swept across the world in 2008, there have been few certainties regarding the trajectory of global capitalism, let alone the politics taking hold in individual states. This has now given way to palpable confusion regarding what sense to make of this world in a political conjuncture marked by Donald Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ presidency of the United States, on the one hand, and, on the other, Xi Jinping’s ambitious agenda in consolidating his position as ‘core leader’ at the top of the Chinese state.


Topics taken up in this collection include:

• Is a major redrawing of the map of global capitalism underway?
• Is an unwinding of globalization in train, or will it continue, but with closure to the mobility of labour?
• Is there a legitimacy crisis for neoliberalism even while neoliberal practices continue to form state policy?
• Are we witnessing an authoritarian mutation of liberal democracy in the 21st century?
• Should the strategic issues today be posed in terms of ‘socialism versus barbarism redux’?

Table of Contents:

Socialist Register 2019 Preface
Trumping the Empire
Extreme Capitalism and 'The National Question’
The Contradictions of Global Migration The Capitalocene: Permanent Capitalist Counter-Revolution
The Capitalocene: Permanent Capitalist Counter-Revolution
Trump and the New Billionaire Class
Locating Trump: Paleoconservatism, Neoliberalism, and Anti-Globalization
China’s New Globalism
Can China Unmake the American Making of Global Capitalism?
Decoupling is a Myth: Asian Capitalism in the Global Disarray
Amplifying the Contradictions: The Centrifugal BRICS
Neoliberal Capitalism: The Authoritarian Turn
Humanitarian Intervention Today
‘Death to the Corporation’: A Modest Proposal
America’s Tipping Point? Between Trumpism and a New Left
The European Crisis and the Left
Corbyn and Brexit Britain: Is there a way forward for the Left?

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