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The Poverty of Capitalism

The Poverty of Capitalism book cover

Economic Meltdown and the Struggle for What Comes Next

John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want, reveals the true face of capital’s insatiable drive for growth in his new book.

Capitalist growth is widely heralded as the only answer to the crisis still sweeping the global economy. Yet the era of corporate globalisation has been defined by unprecedented levels of inequality and environmental degradation. A return to capitalist growth threatens to exacerbate these problems, not solve them.

In The Poverty of Capitalism, John Hilary reveals the true face of transnational capital in its insatiable drive for expansion and accumulation. He exposes the myth of ‘corporate social responsibility’ (CSR), and highlights key areas of conflict over natural resources, labour rights and food sovereignty.

John Hilary also describes the growing popular resistance to corporate power, as well as the new social movements seeking to develop alternatives to capitalism itself. This book will be essential reading for all those concerned with global justice, human rights and equity in the world order.

 Raj Patel ‘I have been waiting for this book all century – subtle, thorough and comprehensive’

 You can order your advance paperback copy for the exclusive offer price of £11.99 including free UK postage and packaging and a £2 donation to War on Want (RRP £14.99).

To order, visit or call 020 8348 2724 and quote War on Want Offer.

John talks more about his book here:

John (and his book) will be at these events, autumn 2013:

13 October CND conference, Liverpool

21 October Official Book Launch at Firebox, London

23 October Lecture at the University of East London, with Dr Raoul Bianchi

31 October New Internationlist event, London

4 November Café Diplo event, London

9 November Medact Conference, London

11 November Book Lecture, Global Development Society, Trinity College, Dublin

18 November Nottingham University Lecture for undergraduates at the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice, Nottingham

 21 November Global Justice through Global Citizenship Conference, Brussels


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