Everything Must Change! brings together prominent commentators from around the world to present a rich and nuanced weighing of progressive possibilities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In these pages you’ll encounter influential voices across the left, ranging from Roger Waters to Noam Chomsky, Slavoj Žižek to Saskia Sassen. Gael García Bernal, Brian Eno, and Larry Charles examine the pandemic’s more cultural and artistic consequences, touching on topics of love, play, comedy, dreaming, and time. Their words sit alongside analyses of the paradoxes and possibilities of debt, internationalism, and solidarity by Astra Taylor, David Graeber, Vijay Prashad, and Stephanie Kelton.
Burgeoning surveillance and control measures in the name of public health are a concern for many of the contributors here, including Shoshana Zuboff and Evgeny Morozov, as are the opportunities presented by the crisis for exploitation by financiers, technocrats, and the far right.
Against a return to the normal and, indeed, the notion that there ever was such a thing, these conversations insist that urgent, systemic change is needed to tackle not only the pandemics arising from the human destruction of nature, but also the ceaseless debilitations of contemporary global capitalism.
Contributors: Tariq Ali, David Adler, Gael García Bernal, Larry Charles, Noam Chomsky, Brian Eno, Daniel Ellsberg, Kenneth Goldsmith, David Graeber, Johann Hari, Maja Kantar, Stephanie Kelton, Stefania Maurizi, Evgeny Morozov, Maja Pelević, Vijay Prashad , Angela Richter, Saskia Sassen, Saša Savanović, Jeremy Scahill, Richard Sennett, John Shipton, Astra Taylor, Ece Temelkuran, Yanis Varoufakis, Roger Waters, Slavoj Žižek, and Shoshana Zuboff.
“The left’s big beasts tackle a post-pandemic future” — featured as the Observer Book of the Day
“A pick’n’mix of intellectual stimulation, provocation and inquiry.” — recommended by Matthew d’Ancona in Tortoise
“An adventurous proposal to seize the Covid-19 crises as, in the words of Saskia Sassen, ‘an invitation to think.'” — reviewed in Modern Times Review
“Surveillance capitalism and the role social media plays in disinformation” — contributor Shoshana Zuboff interviewed on Morning Joe
“Prominent commentators from around the world weigh progressive possibilities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic” — featured on Climate & Capitalism’s Ecosocialist Bookshelf
“An urgent new collection of dialogues” — reviewed by OpEd News