This highly anticipated book by the best-selling author of City of Quartz and Planet of Slums marks the 200th anniversary of Marx’s birth, exploring Davis’s thinking on history, labour, capitalism, and revolution—themes ever present in the work of this leading radical thinker.
In a time of ubiquitous disgust with political and economic elites, Davis explores the question of revolutionary agency—what social forces and conditions do we need to transform the current order?—and the situation of the world’s working classes from the US to Europe to China. Even the most preliminary tasks are daunting. A new theory of revolution needs to return to the big issues in classical socialist thought, such as clarifying “proletarian agency,” before turning to the urgent questions of our time: global warming, the social and economic gutting of the rustbelt, and the city’s demographic eclipse of the countryside. What does revolution look like after the end of history?