How will capitalism end?
What might take its place?

In the 70 years since the end of the Second World War, the castle-in-the-sky architecture of global governance has been remarkably stable. Nothing has shaken its foundations — not 9/11, not the dot-com bubble, not the spectre of peak oil, not the financial meltdown of 2008, not the failure of whole national economies. The capitalist algorithm has easily absorbed all these body blows. This year, though, something heaved. Can you feel it? Maybe it’s the unending ferocity of ISIS . . . the escalating weather extremes . . . the tilt towards fascism in Europe and America . . . or maybe it’s the endemic corruption of the 1% revealed by the Panama Papers. Whatever it is, it sure feels like the centre cannot hold. For the first time in decades, there’s a feeling that anything could happen. Maybe that will mean a new Dark Age of war, environmental collapse and fuck-it-all anarchy.

Or here’s a wild card: maybe we the people will start calling the shots from below. In the Internet age, we hold revolution in the palms of our hands. We have the power to pull off systemic-level transformations that up to now have been nothing more than dreams: a global Robin Hood tax; a three-strikes-you’re-out law for criminal corporations; national budgets built on bionomics instead of neoclassical economics; a true-cost marketplace in which the price of every product tells the ecological truth. We can build a new global order of total transparency in trade and political deliberations . . . throw daylight on the arms trade . . . create bottom-up voting and justice systems . . . begin to live like a true world community. We can overturn the top-down paradigm that has ruled the world for a thousand years.

Or did you think they would do it for us?