Corona Crash

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Authors: Grace Blakeley
  • Item Weight : 3.39 ounces
  • Paperback : 112 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1839762055
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1839762055
  • Product Dimensions : 4.34 x 0.35 x 6.98 inches
  • Publisher : Verso (October 27, 2020)

Free market, competitive capitalism is dead. The separation between politics and economics can no longer be sustained.

In The Corona Crash, leading economics commentator Grace Blakeley theorises about the epoch-making changes that the coronavirus brings in its wake.

We are living through a unique moment in history. The pandemic has caused the deepest global recession since the Second World War. Meanwhile the human cost is reflected in a still-rising death toll, as many states find themselves unable—and some unwilling—to grapple with the effects of the virus. Whatever happens, we can never go back to business as usual.

This crisis will tip us into a new era of monopoly capitalism, argues Blakeley, as the corporate economy collapses into the arms of the state, and the tech giants grow to unprecedented proportions.

We need a radical response. The recovery could see the transformation of our political, economic, and social systems based on the principles of the Green New Deal. If not, the alternatives, as Blakeley warns, may be even worse than we feared.


“One of the most inspiring, thought-provoking and insightful voices on the left.”
—Owen Jones, author of Chavs

“Grace Blakeley asserts the need for Covid-19 to be a global wake-up call.”
Guardian (“Biggest Books of Autumn 2020”)

Praise for Grace Blakeley’s Stolen:

“The best thing I’ve read about how we got into this mess, and how we get out.”
—Frankie Boyle

“A clear, accessible and informative guide to left economics, showing how we got to this era of capitalist crisis, environmental catastrophe and insurgent socialist revival. Grace Blakeley offers radical solutions to an exploitative and unfair system.”
—Bhaskar Sunkara, Jacobin

“Grace Blakeley is one of the sharpest of a new generation of economic and political thinkers, with a gift for clearly and eloquently explaining how we got to the crisis point we’re in, and why only radical transformation will get us out. A must-read for today’s activists on both sides of the Atlantic.”
—Sarah Jaffe, author of Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt

About the Author

Grace Blakeley is a staff writer at Tribune magazine, host of the A World to Win podcast and author of Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation. She previously worked as a research fellow for the Institute for Public Policy Research and as the New Statesman’s economic commentator. She appears regularly in the media as a political and economic commentator, including appearances on Question TimeBBC This Week, and BBC Breakfast.