As the crisis unfolded, the world witnessed the way in which the runaway speculation of the "shadow" banking system wreaked havoc on world markets, leaving real human devastation in its wake. Faced with the financial crisis, some economic commentators began to talk of "zombie banks"–financial institutions that were in an "undead state" and incapable of fulfilling any positive function but a threat to everything else. What they do not realize is that twenty-first century capitalism as a whole is a zombie system, seemingly dead when it comes to achieving human goals.
"This book needs to be read far and wide. It is a clear, incisive warning of the massive dangers posed by a clear, incisive warning of the massive danges posed by a "runaway system" and the threat it poses for the future of humanity." –Gram Turner, author of The Credit Crunch
"Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the present–day crisis and its place in the history of capitalism." – Alex Callinicos, author of Bonfire of Illusions
"Zombie Capitalism is both timely and hugely valuable. . . . This book is an essential read."—Socialist Review