In the current issue: Postcapitalism Special Edition
The System is Dead
Long Live the System
AQ: Australian Quarterly 2018 Special Edition
In the new AQ:
From Lawn to Lattes – The Cult(ure) of Consumption
Consumerism can mean the exact opposite of materialism. Our modern culture of consumerism usually refers to the love of consuming, the love of acquiring the new; whereas materialism refers to the love of the material objects themselves. And if you love something, then the thought of throwing it away to replace it with a new model would be a source of pain, not joy. Culture is a significant, but often overlooked, driver of the shape and measured size of economic activity – and it can change.
When the system collapses: A Post-Capitalist Capitalism?
The best days of Capitalism are behind it. Environmental decline, economic uncertainty, growing global inequality – an array of potential crises are revealing the cracks in the system. Mainstream financial institutions are now trumpeting warnings that non-orthodox economists have been declaring for years. From the activities of the banking systems, to record debt levels, to the system’s inflexibility in the face of an automated future – What are the threads that led us to this situation and what can we do about it?
Transcending Capitalism: Policies for a Post-Growth Economy
Jobs and Growth: the infamous two Turnbull pillars for a prosperous Australia. But why is constant, perpetual growth necessary for our economic system to be considered successful? We live in a finite world, but our economics are underpinned by a theory of infinite resources. To live within our means, and avert a financial and ecological crisis, Australia needs to plan for a ‘degrowth’ process of controlled economic contraction. Here’s how we can start…
Pre-empting Apocalypse? Postcapitalism as an Everyday Politics
There is a growing recognition that economic business-as-usual cannot continue and an increasing interest in better ways of organising economies, politics and society. Yet already there are businesses and manufacturers around the world that are implementing post-capitalist ideals into their business models, to great success. Capitalism and Post-Capitalism are not mutually exclusive, they exist as a continuum, able to be influenced at the most grassroots level. Post-Capitalism need not be apocalyptic, it is already a part of our everyday.
Stephen Healy, Jenny Cameron, Katherine Gibson, Joanne McNeill