Health Communism

Health Communism A Surplus Manifesto

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Publisher's Synopsis

A searing analysis of health and illness under capitalism from hosts of the hit podcast Death Panel Written by cohosts of the hit Death Panel podcast and longtime disability justice and healthcare activists Beatrice Adler-Bolton and Artie, Health Communism first examines how capital has instrumentalized health, disability, madness, and illness to create a class seen as "surplus," regarded as a fiscal and social burden. Demarcating the healthy from the surplus, the worker from the "unfit" to work, the authors argue, serves not only to undermine solidarity but to mark whole populations for extraction by the industries that have emerged to manage and contain this "surplus" population. Health Communism then looks to the grave threat capital poses to global public health, and at the rare movements around the world that have successfully challenged the extractive economy of health. Ultimately, Adler-Bolton and Vierkant argue, we will not succeed in defeating capitalism until we sever health from capital. To do this will require a radical new politics of solidarity that centers the surplus, built on an understanding that we must not base the value of human life on one's willingness or ability to be productive within the current political economy. Capital, it turns out, only fears health.

Book information

ISBN: 9798212063227
Publisher: Tantor
Imprint: Tantor Audio
Pub date:
DEWEY: 320.532
Language: English
Weight: -1g
Height: 191mm
Width: 135mm
Spine width: 0mm