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Table of Contents

1. The Nineteenth Century: Framework Stimulants, Destructive Competition and the Making of Oligopoly Capitalism
2. Working-Class Resistance, the State-Supported Capitalist Response, the Mechanization of Industry and the Defeat of Organized Labor
3. The 1920s: The Dynamics of Mature Industrial Capitalism
4. The 1930s and the Great Depression
5. The Rise and Fall of the Golden Age
6. The New Financialization: Debt, Investment and the Financialized Firm
7. The Landscape of Austerity: Polarization, the Destruction of Jobs, and the Emerging Police State
8. Conclusion
Appendix A: Economic Maturity and Disaccumulation - A Mildly Wonkish Summation
Appendix B: What Keynes Really Prescribed

About the Author

Alan Nasser is Professor Emeritus of Political Economy and Philosophy at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA and has lectured at universities across the world, including Oxford University. His writing over the last thirty years has dealt with political and economic issues, as well as legal theory, philosophy and psychoanalysis. He is a frequent contributor to CounterPunch and Monthly Review, and is a member of the Union for Radical Political Economists. He is the author of Overripe Economy (Pluto, 2018).


'We live in an age of mounting social inequality and declining political democracy. Overripe Economy offers a provocative analysis of these ills, based on a detailed reading of American history. Many will find Alan Nasser's arguments controversial. But we very much need to engage this analysis well as Nasser's case for a democratic socialist alternative' -- David McNally, author of Monsters of the Market (2012) and Global Slump (2010)
'Offering an original analysis of late stage capitalism, this work connects the many individual grievances generated by capitalism into a powerful indictment of a system mired in social dislocation and repression. Nasser provides a resounding case for a sweeping transformation and reorganization of society on a fully democratic socialist footing' -- Barry Finger, Editorial Member of New Politics

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