“Left Turn” reviewed in The Age/Sydney Morning Herald

The following review by Fiona Capp of my recently released book with Jeff Sparrow appears in today’s paper:

It hardly needs stating that we live in a time of economic crisis and political uncertainty. And yet our leaders offer no alternative visions and pay little heed to stirrings of unrest. As these essays show, and as any geologist will tell you, rumblings from underground – no matter how intermittent – are not to be lightly dismissed. Revolutions still do happen. Just look at the Arab world.

Left Turn looks closer to home, reminding us that, as Rick Kuhn puts it, “economic crises are not accidents”, they are the inevitable offspring of the capitalist system. Above all, the authors point to other ways of thinking and being. Highlight include Jeff Sparrow’s illuminating discussion of the Occupy movement and the revival of the Left, and Jacinda Woodhead’s incisive analysis of mainstream feminism and the market. Reading these essays is like watching a graph of seismic activity revealing that movement is afoot.

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  • http://www.housingaffordability.blogspot.com Sean

    "fighting the developer-local government nexus to ensure the building of houses affordable on a single full-time wage and breaking the stranglehold mortgages have over peoples’ lives"

    That's all about the credit bubble, the rise of two income households, and the way the real estate industry works to escalate prices to the maximum borrowing power of competing bidders. Tax breaks like negative gearing peculiar to Australia aid investors in leveraging their existing housing equity even more — pushing prices even higher — to the disadvantage of owner occupiers, creating a permanent class of tenants, and helping the return to a Victorian-era model of property ownership. The ALP seems powerless in the face of vested interests or uninterested in reversing any of these trends — we see no Whitlamesque programs or proposals for achieving the above aims, so when?

    Further, this story on the 7:30 Report on mortgage scams from the Big 4, MQB and the NBLs highlights that lending scam that lies behind modern real estate speculation, the real reason for the whole 'market' — tons of money to be made in excessive loans: http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2012/s3566922….