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  • BULLSHIT JOBS : A Theory
    BULLSHIT JOBS : A Theory
    GRAEBER DAVID
    ISBN: 9780141983479
    Title: BULLSHIT JOBS : A Theory
    Author: GRAEBER DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Back in 1930, the economist John Maynard Keynes prophesied that by the century's end, technology would see us all working fifteen-hour weeks. But instead, something curious happened. Today, average working hours have not decreased, but increased. And now, across the developed world, three-quarters of all jobs are in services or admin, jobs that don't seem to add anything to society- bullshit jobs. In Bullshit Jobs, David Graeber explores how this phenomenon - one more associated with the 20th-century Soviet Union, but which capitalism was supposed to eliminate - has happened. In doing so, he looks at how we value work, and how, rather than being productive, work has become an end in itself; the way such work maintains the current broken system of finance capital; and, finally, how we can get out of it.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CAN DEMOCRACY WORK ? : A Short History of a Radical Idea, from Ancient Athens to Our World
    CAN DEMOCRACY WORK ? : A Short History of a Radical Idea, from Ancient Athens to Our World
    MILLER JAMES
    ISBN: 9781786074027
    Title: CAN DEMOCRACY WORK ? : A Short History of a Radical Idea, from Ancient Athens to Our World
    Author: MILLER JAMES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Democracy is invoked to support the vast majority of the world's governments. We have been talking about it for thousands of years, and attempting to put it into practice for hundreds, believing in it as the logical culmination of human affairs. But if both North Korea and the United States consider themselves democratic – and, indeed, both liberals and conservatives, capitalists and communists, bureaucrats and populists – isn't the idea meaningless?


    This is the biography of one of the world's most powerful ideas, a belief in the value of the collective, a battle between abstract rights and passionate convictions. In the end, only its citizens can decide on its fate.

    Imprint: ONE WORLD
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY
    CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY
    PIKETTY THOMAS
    ISBN: 9780674979857
    Title: CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY
    Author: PIKETTY THOMAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from twenty countries, ranging as far back as the eighteenth century, to uncover key economic and social patterns. His findings will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality.
    Piketty shows that modern economic growth and the diffusion of knowledge have allowed us to avoid inequalities on the apocalyptic scale predicted by Karl Marx. But we have not modified the deep structures of capital and inequality as much as we thought in the optimistic decades following World War II. The main driver of inequality—the tendency of returns on capital to exceed the rate of economic growth—today threatens to generate extreme inequalities that stir discontent and undermine democratic values. But economic trends are not acts of God. Political action has curbed dangerous inequalities in the past, Piketty says, and may do so again.
    A work of extraordinary ambition, originality, and rigor, Capital in the Twenty-First Century reorients our understanding of economic history and confronts us with sobering lessons for today.


    Imprint: BELKNAP PRESS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • CAPITALISM : A GHOST STORY
    CAPITALISM : A GHOST STORY
    ROY ARUNDHATI
    ISBN: 9781784780944
    Title: CAPITALISM : A GHOST STORY
    Author: ROY ARUNDHATI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An impassioned manifesto from the author of Booker-winner God of Small Things, one of the most vocal campaigners in the world.

    In Capitalism: A Ghost Story, best-selling writer Arundhati Roy examines the dark side of Indian democracy-a nation of 1.2 billion, where the country's 100 richest people own assets worth one quarter of India's gross domestic product. Ferocious and clear-sighted, this is a searing portrait of a nation haunted by ghosts: the hundreds of thousands of farmers who have committed suicide to escape punishing debt; the hundreds of millions who live on less than two dollars a day. It is the story of how the largest democracy in the world, with over 800 million voting in the last election, answers to the demands of globalized capitalism, subjecting millions of people to inequality and exploitation. Roy shows how the mega-corporations, modern robber barons plundering India's natural resources, use brute force, as well as a wide range of NGOs and foundations, to sway government and policy making in India.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CHASING THE SCREAM
    CHASING THE SCREAM
    HARI JOHANN
    ISBN: 9781526608369
    Title: CHASING THE SCREAM
    Author: HARI JOHANN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    NOW WITH A NEW AFTERWORD, THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND THE SOURCE OF THE VIRAL TED TALK

    'Screamingly addictive' STEPHEN FRY
    'Superb ... Thrilling story-telling' NAOMI KLEIN
    'A powerful contribution to an urgent debate' GUARDIAN

    What if everything we 've been told about addiction is wrong' One of Johann Hari 's earliest memories is of trying to wake up one of his relatives and not being able to. As he grew older, he realised there was addiction in his family. Confused, he set out on a three-year, thirty-thousand mile journey to discover what really causes addiction and how to solve it.
    Told through a series of gripping human stories, this book was the basis of a TED talk and animation that have been viewed more than twenty million times. It has transformed the global debate about addiction.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CHILDREN OF HARVEY MILK : How LGBTQ Politicians Changed The World
    CHILDREN OF HARVEY MILK : How LGBTQ Politicians Changed The World
    REYNOLDS ANDREW
    ISBN: 9780190460952
    Title: CHILDREN OF HARVEY MILK : How LGBTQ Politicians Changed The World
    Author: REYNOLDS ANDREW
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The gay rights movement has achieved social transformation at a dizzying pace, upending conventional views on sex, love, marriage, the family, and equality itself. While most scholars understand the movement as a broad-based social movement, Andrew Reynolds argues that the most important catalyst of gay rights is often overlooked: individuals. Specifically, openly gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender politicians had a critical role in bringing about a more positive attitude towards homosexuality and gender identity, both among other politicians and the general public. Just last year, a transgender candidate, Danica Roem, won a highly contested race in Virginia by concentrating on traffic issues. That would have been unthinkable even a few years ago.


    The Children of Harvey Milk tells the epic stories of courageous men and women around the world who came forward to make their voices heard during the struggle for equal rights. Based on in-depth interviews with more than seventy elected officials and high profile political candidates, Reynolds traces major breakthroughs for the gay rights movement through the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender politicians who advanced the cause. The book documents their successes and failures, heartwarming stories of acceptance and heartbreaking stories of ostracism, demonstrating the ways in which an individual can change the views and voting behaviours of those around him. Reynolds also includes rare vignettes of LGBT leaders in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean who continue to fight for gay rights in spite of threats, violence, and homophobia.

    Blending personal stories with historical data, Reynolds offers both a compelling portrait of LGBT politicians and a powerful explanation of the importance of identity politics in the success of the gay rights movement. A touchstone narrative of the tumultuous journey towards gay rights, The Children of Harvey Milk is a must-read for anyone with an interest in LGBT rights, social movements, and social change.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $37.95

    Price: $37.95
  • CHINAS INVISIBLE CRISIS : The Growing Urban-Rural Divide and What It Means
    CHINAS INVISIBLE CRISIS : The Growing Urban-Rural Divide and What It Means
    JOHNSON NATALIE / ROZELLE SCOTT
    ISBN: 9781786075543
    Title: CHINAS INVISIBLE CRISIS : The Growing Urban-Rural Divide and What It Means
    Author: JOHNSON NATALIE / ROZELLE SCOTT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: June 2019 New Release

    China's economy has been built on the back of unskilled labour and now that wages are rising, factories are moving elsewhere and taking jobs with them. The problem is that, in single-mindedly pursuing growth, China basically forgot to educate its people.
    Now a middle-income country, but with 500 million uneducated rural poor, China has a looming development trap. Without better skills and education, the country risks corruption, organised crime and economic stagnation. And as unskilled workers lose their jobs and are unable to find new ones, China may come to rely far more on militaristic nationalism in order to stave off social unrest.
    Stanford economist Scott Rozelle argues that, even as China has experienced unprecedented growth and deeply embedded itself in the world economy, it has missed a vital component in securing its future. The implications should worry all of us.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • CIVIC FOUNDATIONS OF FASCISM IN EUROPE
    CIVIC FOUNDATIONS OF FASCISM IN EUROPE
    RILEY DYLAN
    ISBN: 9781786635235
    Title: CIVIC FOUNDATIONS OF FASCISM IN EUROPE
    Author: RILEY DYLAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: May 2019 New Release

    Drawing on a Gramscian theoretical perspective and developing a systematic comparative approach, The Civic Foundations of Fascism in Europe challenges the received Tocquevillian consensus on authoritarianism by arguing that fascist regimes, just like mass democracies, depended on well-organised, rather than weak and atomised, civil societies. In making this argument the book focuses on three crucial cases of interwar authoritarianism- Italy, Spain and Romania, selected because they are all counterintuitive from the perspective of established explanations, while usefully demonstrating the range of fascist outcomes in interwar Europe. Civic Foundations argues that, in all three cases, fascism emerged because of the rapid development of voluntary associations, combined with weakly developed political parties among the dominant class, thus creating a crisis of hegemony. Riley then traces the specific form that this crisis took depending on the form of civil society developed (autonomous, as in Italy; elite-dominated, as in Spain; or state-dominated, as in Romania) in the nineteenth century.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • CLEAR BRIGHT FUTURE : A Radical Defence of the Human Being
    CLEAR BRIGHT FUTURE : A Radical Defence of the Human Being
    MASON PAUL
    ISBN: 9780241390337
    Title: CLEAR BRIGHT FUTURE : A Radical Defence of the Human Being
    Author: MASON PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: April 2019 New Release

    Our world order is under pressure as never before. From new authoritarian regimes in the US, Turkey and Russia, to the imminent break-up of the European Union and a social media awash with intolerance, things look set to fall apart just as abruptly as the Soviet Union did some thirty years ago. How did we get here, and what do we do now?In this searching new exploration of our crisis, Paul Mason argues that at its heart lies an attack on the idea of humanity itself. As the free-market system reduced us to two-dimensional consumers, genetics has stripped us of our belief in humans as agents of change. And now the dystopian forces of the authoritarian right are pushing the world towards a pre-modern understanding of the human being- one that aims to destroy the very concept of universal human rights, and create a new world in which we are biologically destined to form hierarchies based on ethnicity and gender, and to obey the demands of religious conformity.If these forces are not stopped, Mason warns, we will relive something even worse than the 1930s. In response, he demands a radical defence of the human being- a reinvention of humanism; a re-assertion of the universality of human rights; and a struggle for a society where biologically determined hierarchies are abolished. We have the power to imagine and design a better system. We must, Mason concludes, reach deep into the history and experience of resistance in order to be our own saviours.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • CLIMATE CHANGE : Treaties and Policies in the Trump Era
    CLIMATE CHANGE : Treaties and Policies in the Trump Era
    MORAN ALAN
    ISBN: 9781925501407
    Title: CLIMATE CHANGE : Treaties and Policies in the Trump Era
    Author: MORAN ALAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Alan Moran has been a prominent writer on regulatory matters for thirty years. He was the inaugural head of the Australian governments’ regulatory review office and researched the issues in “think tanks”.

    Working outside and within the Victorian Government, he was a major participant in the disaggregation of that state’s monopoly electricity business into a dozen independent parts and in the creation of what later became the National Electricity Market.

    Dr Moran has written many books and articles on the interface between climate change, energy and economic well-being. These include editing and contributing to the 2015 best seller, Climate Change: the facts.

    Climate Change: treaties and policies in the Trump era, is an examination of:
    • The setting of the climate change agenda
    • Its position in the international arena where nations have agreed to treaties and agreements that have increasingly placed pressures on governments to take actions in conformance with their provisions
    • The developments leading to the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change, which incorporated governments’ “Intended Nationally Determined Contributions” (INDCs) on abatement of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases
    • The costs nations are actually and prospectively incurring in meeting their INDCs and in other measures designed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions
    • President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris agreement and other nations’ responses.

    The book foreshadows the collapse of the Paris agreement and gradual, if not abrupt, dismantling of the costly measures it entails – primarily involving forcing consumers to subsidise wind and solar energy.

    Imprint: CONNORCOURT
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CLIMATE WARS
    CLIMATE WARS
    BUTLER MARK
    ISBN: 9780522871685
    Title: CLIMATE WARS
    Author: BUTLER MARK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As the consequences of climate change become perilously close to the point of no-return, time-wasting wars over what to do distract us from taking real action.

    Mark Butler, the opposition minister for climate change and energy, makes a forceful case for using less and cleaner energy as part of global action to save the planet. Doing so will also make Australia attractive for the massive global market of investors and create new jobs in clean energy.

    Climate Wars argues that only Labor, the party with a proven track record for national reform, has the plan and the will to ensure bold action before it is too late.

    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • CODDLING OF THE AMERICAN MIND
    CODDLING OF THE AMERICAN MIND
    LUKIANOFF GREG / HAIDT JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9780141986302
    Title: CODDLING OF THE AMERICAN MIND
    Author: LUKIANOFF GREG / HAIDT JONATHAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: July 2019 New Release

    Have good intentions, over-parenting and the decline in unsupervised play led to the emergence of modern identity politics and hypersensitivity?

    In this book, free speech campaigner Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt investigate a new cultural phenomenon of "safetyism", beginning on American college campuses in 2014 and spreading throughout academic institutions in the English-speaking world.

    Looking at the consequences of paranoid parenting, the increase in anxiety and depression amongst students and the rise of new ideas about justice, Lukianoff and Haidt argue that well-intended but misguided attempts to protect young people are damaging their development and mental health, the functioning of educational systems and even democracy itself.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • COME TOGETHER : Years of Gay Liberation
    COME TOGETHER : Years of Gay Liberation
    WALTER AUBREY
    ISBN: 9781788732376
    Title: COME TOGETHER : Years of Gay Liberation
    Author: WALTER AUBREY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Come Together tells the incredible story of the emerging radicalism of the Gay Liberation Front, providing a vivid history of the movement, as well as the new ideas and practices it gave rise to across the United Kingdom. Before marriage equality or military service, Come Together reminds us of paths forged but not taken by queer politics in its earliest stages.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • COMMUNIST MANIFESTO
    COMMUNIST MANIFESTO
    MARX KARL / ENGELS FRIEDRICH
    ISBN: 9781784873691
    Title: COMMUNIST MANIFESTO
    Author: MARX KARL / ENGELS FRIEDRICH
    Format: A FORMAT PAPERBACKS
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY YANIS VAROUFAKIS

    The Communist Manifesto was first published in London in 1848, by two young men in their late twenties. Its impact reverberated across the globe and throughout the next century, and it has come to be recognised as one of the most important political texts ever written. Maintaining that the history of all societies is a history of class struggle, the manifesto proclaims that communism is the only route to equality, and is a call to action aimed at the proletariat. It is an essential read for anyone seeking to understand our modern political landscape.

    Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx's birth, this pocket edition includes a new introduction by the economist and bestselling author of And the Weak Suffer What They Must? and Adults in the Room, Yanis Varoufakis.


    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • CONSPIRACY : Peter Thiel Hulk Hogan Gawker and the Anatomy of Intrigue
    CONSPIRACY : Peter Thiel Hulk Hogan Gawker and the Anatomy of Intrigue
    HOLIDAY RYAN
    ISBN: 9781788160834
    Title: CONSPIRACY : Peter Thiel Hulk Hogan Gawker and the Anatomy of Intrigue
    Author: HOLIDAY RYAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A unique account from behind the scenes of the case that rocked the media world - and the billionaire mastermind behind it.

    In 2016, one of the giants of modern journalism fell: Gawker Media, infamous for saying what other outlets wouldn't say, was sued for publishing Hulk Hogan's sex tape, lost the case and went bust. After countless other lawsuits it seemed that Gawker had finally run out of luck. But luck had nothing to do with it.

    Peter Thiel, PayPal founder and billionaire investor, had masterminded the whole thing. Still furious at an article that had outed him ten years previously, and increasingly disgusted at Gawker's unscrupulous reporting methods, Thiel had spent nearly a decade meticulously plotting a conspiracy that would lead to the demise of Gawker and its founder, Nick Denton. After a multi-year proxy war through the Florida legal system, the settlement of $140million in favour of Hogan ended it.

    The verdict would stun the world and so would Peter's ultimate unmasking as the man who had set it all in motion. Why had he done this? How had no one discovered it? What would this mean--for free speech? For privacy? For culture?

    In Holiday's masterful telling of this nearly unbelievable conspiracy, informed by exclusive interviews with all the key players, this case transcends the narrative of how one billionaire took down a media empire or the current state of the free press. It's a study in power, strategy, and one of the most wildly ambitious - and successful - secret plots in recent memory.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • COURAGE CALLS TO COURAGE EVERYWHERE
    COURAGE CALLS TO COURAGE EVERYWHERE
    WINTERSON JEANETTE
    ISBN: 9781786896216
    Title: COURAGE CALLS TO COURAGE EVERYWHERE
    Author: WINTERSON JEANETTE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A century after women were first granted the vote, award-winning author Jeanette Winterson celebrates how far we have come on the road to equality, and calls on women and men alike to continue the fight

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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