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“According to Saito, the Earth is completely doomed unless we give up our obsession with G.D.P. and other forms of capitalist insanity. I find myself pretty well convinced.”
Tammy Kim, contributing writer at the New Yorker

“[Slow Down] offers more than a diagnosis of the systemic problems that brought us to this moment; it lays out, in clear and well-researched language, how those problems can be thoroughly addressed . . . Slow Down is that rare hybrid among ideological manifestos: It opens new insights into an existing ideology while uplifting something distinct of its own.”
Matthew Rozsa, Salon

“If you want to get a jump on the book everyone will be talking about this winter, you should preorder Slow Down: The Degrowth Manifesto now.”
Jeva Lange, Heatmap News

“Saitō’s proposal is simple, salient, and adapts Marx for the modern day.”
The Millions

“Looking to start out the year with some big ideas? Look no further.”
Tobias Carroll, InsideHook

“[A] well-reasoned and eye-opening treatise . . . [Kohei Saito makes] a provocative and visionary proposal.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Saito’s clarity of thought, plethora of evidence, and conversational, gentle, yet urgent tone—even when describing the most alarming aspects of the climate crisis—are sure to win over open-minded readers who understand the dire nature of our global situation and that ‘green capitalism is a myth.’ A cogently structured anti-capitalist approach to the climate crisis.”
—Kirkus (starred review)

“Achieving degrowth communism, [Saito] believes, is less about personal choices and more about changing overarching political and economic structures. Marxism, he argues, offers a viable model for reorienting society around the maximization of public goods as opposed to the endless pursuit and concentration of wealth.”
—Ben Dooley & Hisako Ueno, The New York Times

“This necessary and energizing 21st Century manifesto is a truth mirror inviting us to see ourselves and our place in the metastatic growth engine that is our current economic system. Saito is a well-read soothsayer — one who loves this world, who has done his homework, and who is eager to share a viable way forward.” 
John Vaillant, bestselling author of Fire Weather, The Tiger and The Golden Spruce

“Kohei Saito is one of the most important scholars in the world. In Slow Down, he delivers a Karl Marx for the climate crisis and a vision of communism for the 21st century. No work could be more vital today.” 
—Malcolm Harris, bestselling author of Palo Alto

Slow Down has an almost magic ability to formulate complex thoughts in clear language, as well as to combine strict conceptual thinking with passionate personal engagement. Saito’s book is not just for anyone interested in ecology or in the problems of today’s global capitalism, it is simply indispensable for those of us who want to SURVIVE—in short, to all of us.”
—Slavoj Žižek, author of Violence and The Sublime Object of Ideology

“Saitō unites Marxism with ecology and lights a path out of our present crisis. A powerful book from one of the most compelling young thinkers of our time.”
—Jason Hickel, author of Less is More

Table Of Contents

Slow Down: The Deceleration Manifesto

by Kohei Saito, translated by Brian Bergstrom

Table of Contents

Introduction: SDGs are the Opiate of the Masses!

Chapter One
Climate Change and the Imperial Mode of Living
Chapter Two
The Limits of Green Keynesianism

Chapter Three
Shooting for Degrowth within a Capitalist System

Chapter Four

Marx in the Anthropocene

Chapter Five
The Escapism Known as Accelerationism

Chapter Six
Capitalism’s Scarcity, Communism’s Abundance

Chapter Seven
Degrowth Communism Will Save the World

Chapter Eight
The Lever of Climate Justice

Conclusion: How to Prevent History’s End

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