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From Slavery to the Cooperative Commonwealth

Cambridge University Press, 2015

(Spanish, La Republica Cooperativista, Capitan Swing;  Korean, Knomad) 

Freedom once presupposed slavery. In the nineteenth century, some began to argue that freedom was opposed to slavery. Over time, the language of republican liberty became a critique not just of slavery but of wage-labor. This labor republicanism developed into a demand to replace the 'wages system' with a national economy based on producer and consumer cooperatives. This is the story of how freedom became a radical idea. More information here.

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Politics Without Sovereignty: A Critique of Contemporary International Relations

Edited by Christopher Bickerton, Philip Cunliffe, and Alex Gourevitch (Routledge, 2007)

 

The classical doctrine of sovereignty is widely seen as totalitarian, producing external aggression and internal repression. Political leaders and opinion-makers throughout the world claim that the sovereign state is a barrier to efficient global governance and the protection of human rights. Against this unholy alliance against sovereignty, the essays in this book argue that sovereignty remains the best institution to establish clear lines of political authority and accountability, preserving the idea that people shape collectively their own destiny. This positive idea of sovereignty as self-determination remains integral to politics both at the domestic and international levels. More information here.

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