Former executive director of the BC Co-operative Association, John Restakis shows how co-operative models for economic and social development can create a more equitable, just and humane future in Humanizing the Economy (New Society, 2010).

His second book, Civilizing the State (New Society, 2021) chronicles the history of the liberal state from the enabler of capitalism to protector of citizen welfare, to its hollowing out and capture by corporate and elite interests. He argues that in its current state, the liberal state is unfit to deal with contemporary crises of inequality, injustice and ecological collapse. He then explores citizen-powered alternatives and experiments in co-operation, deep democracy, solidarity economics and 'commoning' from Spain, India, the global peasant movement, and the emerging stateless democracy of Rojava rising from the wreckage of the Syrian civil war. Finally, Restakis looks at the opportunity to re-imagine the state as a 'partner state' that promotes equity, economic democracy and human thriving -- a fully sovereign civil society.

BOOKS:

Humanizing the Economy: Co-operatives in the Age of Capital. (New Society, 2010) $19.95 978-0-86571-651-3

Civilizing the State: Reclaiming Politics for the Common Good (New Society, 2021) $19.99 9780865719439

[BCBW 2021]