Economics is often presented as “too complicated” for regular folks to understand and politics is often presented in a too simplistic style — two ways for the people who benefit from the world as it is to keep the world as it is. Systemic Disorder presents essays on the ongoing economic crisis of capitalism and the environmental issues connected to it, the political and ideological disinformation that holds the global system in place, thoughts on the creation of a better world and the occasional book review.
Systemic Disorder is written by Pete Dolack, an activist, writer, poet and photographer. My degree is in journalism, so if I can understand economics, so can you. I am the author of the book It’s Not Over: Learning from the Socialist Experiment, a study of some of the attempts organized to create societies on a basis other than capitalism with an eye toward an understanding of today’s world and finding a path to a better world tomorrow. It’s Not Over is published by Zero Books, and copies are available from online retailers well below the list price.
I have recently completed the manuscript for my second book, What Do We Need Bosses For?, which is about economic democracy and will be published by Autonomedia. The core of the book is six chapters describing past and present efforts to establish new systems of economic democracy on a national or society-wide basis. These six examples are workers’ self-management in Yugoslavia, workers’ control in Czechoslovakia, the social-property area of Allende-era Chile, the democratic confederalism of Rojava, the cooperatives of Cuba and the communes of Venezuela.
I am also the author of the 44-page pamphlet The Winners and Losers of Fascism, which examines five historical examples (Germany, Italy, Spain, Chile and Argentina) and discusses the possibility of fascism being implemented today.