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Ernest Mandel (1923–1995) was one of the best-known Marxist scholars active in the second half of the twentieth century. A leading member of the Fourth International, his books on capitalist economics, bureaucracies in the workers’ movement and on power and socialist strategy were translated into many languages. Democratic self-organisation of workers was a red thread that ran through all of his thinking. In Against Capitalism and Bureacuracy, Manuel Kellner presents the first and until now only comprehensive overview of Mandel’s theoretical and political contributions, arguing that his work remains important for the debates on a socialist alternative in the twenty-first century.
In F/Ailing Capitalism and the Challenge of COVID-19, Noel Chellan argues that citizens needlessly died in capitalist countries. He contends that COVID-19 has exposed the harsh workings of capitalism, contrary to the ideologies upheld by mainstream economists. Some of the questions he asks are: why were Chinese lives more important than American lives? Why were Vietnamese lives more important than British lives? Why were Cuban lives more important than South African lives? Why was the value of the grandparent that died in the US lower than the value of the grandparent that was saved in China? Why was the value of the healthcare worker that died in the UK lower than the value of the healthcare worker that was saved in China?