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Capitalism: A Structural Genocide [Paperback]

by Garry Leech
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Book Description

May 8, 2012 1780321996 978-1780321998
In the wake of the global financial crisis, and savage government cuts across the world, Garry Leech addresses a pressing topic: the nature of contemporary capitalism, and how it inherently generates inequality and structural violence.

Drawing on a number of case studies from across the world - including the displacement of farmers in Mexico, farmer suicides in India, and deaths from preventable diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa - Leech argues that global capitalism constitutes a form of genocide, and that this genocide is inherent in any social system that adheres to the logic of capital.

Essential and eye-opening, the book questions the legitimacy of a system that inevitably results in large-scale human suffering, while offering a more egalitarian, democratic, and sustainable global alternative.

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"At this time of mass rebellions against the global status quo, Gary Leech puts forth a devastating critique of the capitalist system and the ravages it has inflicted on hundreds of millions of people around the world. This timely study will be of great interest to scholars and students. Beyond the academy, its rigorous analysis of the root cause of suffering and injustice on a mass scale and the vision of a socialist alternative based on human development and ecological sustainability will be vital for those on the frontlines of the current global revolt. This is must reading for those participating in the Arab Spring, the Occupy movement, the Latin American revolutions, the anti-austerity protests in Europe, and for all those fighting against the depredations of the genocidal system that is global capitalism." – William I. Robinson, Professor of Sociology, Global Studies, and Latin American Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and author of Latin America and Global Capitalism

"Capitalism has long been known as unfair, exploitative and wasteful; and more recently as ecologically destructive. Garry Leech now moves the indictment to the next, and final, stage. With the precision of a skilled prosecutor and the moral force of an Old Testament prophet, Leech reveals the power that moves the world to be actively and structurally genocidal, responsible in its greed and cold calculation for no less than ten million excess deaths a year. As people now increasingly move to take on this deadly system now in profound crisis, they will find Capitalism an indispensible guide." - Joel Kovel, author of The Enemy of Nature

"Leech argues, using convincing empirical evidence, of the destructive effects of contemporary capitalism, showing that the only plausible alternative is a socialist perspective." - Samir Amin

About the Author

Garry Leech is the author of numerous books, including The FARC: The Longest Insurgency (Zed Books, 2011); The Failure of Global Capitalism: From Cape Breton to Colombia and Beyond (CBU Press, 2009); Beyond Bogotá: Diary of a Drug War Journalist in Colombia (Beacon Press, 2009); and Crude Interventions: The United States, Oil and the New World (Dis)Order (Zed Books, 2006). He is also director of the Centre for International Studies and a lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Cape Breton University, Canada.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Zed Books (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780321996
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780321998
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #848,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Garry Leech is a British-born American independent journalist and author whose work has focused on U.S. foreign policy and globalization. He is also a lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Cape Breton University in Canada. More information about Garry and his work can be found on his website at

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SADDENED September 2, 2013
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I did not enjoy this book but thought I should revisit Marxism to determine if it offered any new explanations about what is transpiring in the USA & globally. I was secretly hoping that the author would peddle the same tired leftist ideas or rehash the sixties and I could simply continue hoping things would change for the better. Gary Leech does not attempt to be a "good "writer but drives his arguments into the reader consciousness with unrelenting vigor and admirable schlorlarship.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading December 10, 2013
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In the midst of a new 'Gilded Age,' in which global elites are increasingly isolated from the major problems and injustices that result from their catastrophic efforts at self-preservation and enrichment, Leech's book is a valuable contribution toward outlining the problems that lie at the core of of the capitalist economic and political world system.

While you may not find what are sure to seem like such alarmist views in the mainstream, Leech's straightforward and concise effort to call out the structural flaws in our society that cause untold grief and misery to billions of our fellow human beings is a clear and chilling reminder at what lies beneath the shiny consumerist veneer of rich, industrialized countries.

With all the force that such an argument requires, Leech uses case studies spanning the globe to spell out the high cost of contemporary capitalism and our own wilfully blind complicity in the structural violence that makes it possible.

His prescription for a 'revolutionary transformation to socialism' as the only bulwark against 'barbarism or extermination' is backed by clear arguments that reveal with frightening clarity just how pressing is the greatest challenge for humanity in the twenty-first century, and indeed in the history of human kind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Capitalism's Destiny November 2, 2013
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Fantastic book by brilliant writer with enormous insight---would be a different world if this were required reading for the capitalist world's students
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes Truth Hurts October 2, 2013
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But sometimes truth needs to be told even when people are not quite ready to listen. That time is coming soon. There are no more bubbles to blow and about one more financial crisis resulting in billionaires wanting us to feel sorry for them and their "too big to fail" corporations is going to tip the scale. The stark reality is that capitalism is like a feeding shark that rips apart anything in front of it, and the feeding frenzy has gone on for too long. The chickens are coming home to roost. It is time to face these unpleasant facts and Garry Leech has done an outstanding job of telling a story that we don't want to hear, but we need to listen to.

Robert Kirkconnell
Author of: American Heart of Darkness: Volume I: The Transformation of the American Republic into a Pathocracy (Volume 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book. July 16, 2013
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Very good and comprehensive book that leaves you thinking about what goes on in the world today. It is easy to read, it is intended for the average person which makes it better.
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