This is essential and powerful reading -- Paul Mason, Culture and Digital Editor of Channel 4 News and author of 'Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere' (Verso, 2012) As so-called 'austerity' continues its rampage, it's patently obvious that it can't fix the economy. So why have the ConDems stuck with it? Eschewing the comforting liberal critique that it's all a mistake, mere economic illiteracy, Seymour incisively uncovers just what kind of strategy austerity really is: its aims, its methods, its victims - and how to fight it. -- China Mieville 'A readable and useful guide to the interrelationship between austerity, neoliberalism, and the state at the level of strategy and ideology... The book has much to offer in terms of a sober and nuanced analysis. This goes especially in the UK where the trend towards nostalgia, wishful thinking, and resisting empirical and strategic reconsideration is so strong.' -- Matthijs Krul, The North Star 'Richard Seymour's Against Austerity provides an excellent and accessible critique of austerity - how it relates to class, the state and ideology - and advocates new types of organisation and resistance to it.' -- Dan Smith, Morning Star 'a must-read primer for old hands in the class struggle and newcomers alike.' -- Louis Proyect, Counter Punch 'This book is a powerful beginning, a crucial reference point for any left analysis of the anti-austerity struggle.' -- Alan Sears, New Socialist Webzine 'Against Austerity is a timely book that will appeal to informed, intellectually-minded activists.' -- Ian Sinclair, Peace News
About the Author
Richard Seymour is the author of Unhitched: the Trial of Christopher Hitchens (2012), American Insurgents: A Brief History of American Anti-Imperialism (2012), The Meaning of David Cameron (2010) and The Liberal Defence of Murder (2008). His writes regularly for the Guardian and runs the popular blog Lenin's Tomb.