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Alternatives to NeoliberalismTowards Equality and Democracy$
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Bryn Jones and Mike O'Donnell

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447331148

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447331148.001.0001

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Beyond neoliberalism, or life after capitalism? A red-green debate

Beyond neoliberalism, or life after capitalism? A red-green debate

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(p.59) Three Beyond neoliberalism, or life after capitalism? A red-green debate
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Alternatives to Neoliberalism
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Ted Benton

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447331148.003.0004

This chapter sets out the ‘Red-Green’ alternatives which combine environmental and socialist perspectives and policies irreconcilable with the logic of market capitalism. ‘Red’ is taken to stand for the struggle for social justice and ‘Green’ for defence of the environment, including, of course, the effects of climate change. The chapter discusses these issues in the international as well as the British context. It contends that the green movement’s more radical wings offer the most complete, alternative to neoliberalism’s ‘full spectrum dominance’ and the chimera of ‘sustainable capitalism’. ‘Social greens’ advocate a profound shift in values, decentralised decision making, more participative democracy, and localised instead of corporate and international market economies. Further, the chapter argues for the development of a positive, non-exploitative relationship between people and non-human nature and, similar to Coote in chapter 2, for convivial interactions reflecting an ‘alternative hedonism’ to inflated commercially-based consumerism. Such a mutually beneficial and pleasurable social relationship offers the positive psychological and cultural dimension to the ‘Red-Green’ project that the stark demand to take less of the earth’s resources lacks.

Keywords:   alternative hedonism, climate change, environment, market capitalism, red green, social justice, sustainable capitalism

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