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Beyond Barbarism: A Manifesto for a Planet on Fire

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BIC Subject: Climate change
Published By: Bloomsbury
 
Published: 03-Nov-2020
Format: Paperback, 176 pages, 0x0mm
ISBN: 9781788738774
Stock Code: 8738774
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The environment is collapsing at a rapid rate, and in increasingly unpredictable ways. Everyone knows that this is happening, and yet the only politics that is emerging to tackle it are coming from the increasingly nativist far-right. How should the left respond?
In Beyond Barbarism, two rising stars of the British left lay down a set of proposals for a fundamental re-shaping of the global economy and offer a roadmap for tackling climate breakdown. Building on the debates surrounding the Green New Deal, debates that both authors have been central to, Lawrence and Laybourn argue that it is not enough merely to spend our way out of the crisis. Instead we need to rapidly reshape the shape and purpose of the economy, away from the emphasis on endless growth and towards creating a healthy and flourishing environment for everyone. This must be based on the principles of internationalism and the democratic ownership of the economy. Beyond Barbarism is a radical and achievable manifesto for a new politics and a new economics capable of tackling climate breakdown.The environment is collapsing at a rapid rate, and in increasingly unpredictable ways. Everyone knows that this is happening, and yet the only politics that is emerging to tackle it are coming from the increasingly nativist far-right. How should the left respond?
In Beyond Barbarism, two rising stars of the British left lay down a set of proposals for a fundamental re-shaping of the global economy and offer a roadmap for tackling climate breakdown. Building on the debates surrounding the Green New Deal, debates that both authors have been central to, Lawrence and Laybourn argue that it is not enough merely to spend our way out of the crisis. Instead we need to rapidly reshape the shape and purpose of the economy, away from the emphasis on endless growth and towards creating a healthy and flourishing environment for everyone. This must be based on the principles of internationalism and the democratic ownership of the economy. Beyond Barbarism is a radical and achievable manifesto for a new politics and a new economics capable of tackling climate breakdown.
Laurie Laybourn is Director of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, which represents over 600,000 health professionals in the UK on climate change and a Senior Research Fellow at IPPR.
Mathew Lawrence is founder and Director of Common Wealth, an institution dedicated to ownership for a democratic economy and deep systems change. Previously he was Senior Research Fellow at IPPR, where he was the primary researcher for IPPR's Commission on Economic Justice. He has published widely, including co-authoring Labour's influential Alternative Models of Ownership report