How Our World is Tilting

Vijay Prashad, Peter Mertens

Foreword by Vijay Prashad


LeftWord Books, New Delhi, 2024

Language: English

244 pages

5.5 x 8.5 inches

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“A lot of people in the North are angry. Their ability to be wealthy-ish in their own community is gone, and they’re finding it hard to make sense of that. People in the South are also finding it hard to make sense of why they’re paid so little for the coffee, the wheat, and the maize that they grow. Yet somewhere in the middle, somebody is making an awful lot of money. Peter Mertens brings together the two ends in solidarity and points out that the real issue is the profits that have been made by faceless, distant global corporations, that have their headquarters in tax havens. And at the end of it, he does the most important thing. Two very important things, two words: hope and inspiration, as to how we empower ourselves to go forward.” Jeremy Corbyn, lifelong activist, London

“Mutiny is a rollicking ride through world politics. Peter Mertens is able to clearly and convincingly show how opulence and poverty, domination and exploitation are intertwined on both a large and small scale. The book presents a compelling case for a joint mutiny of people in the North and the South.” Sevim Dagdelen, left MP in the Bundestag, Germany

“Compelling, pugnacious, and endlessly engaging. The world is turning, and Peter Mertens does a wonderful job of showing which way the wind is blowing. It’s a book brimming with vivid anecdotes, topical analysis and fascinating historical detail.” Jerome Roos, London School of Economics

“Workers in the North and South, from US autoworkers and British nurses to South African metalworkers, need to read Mutiny. It interrupts our navel-gazing and captures the seeds of social change germinating all over the planet. That’s where hope lies: if we organise ourselves, locally and internationally, and if we link social movements in the North and South, we can win.” Luc Triangle, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation

Peter Mertens

Peter Mertens is a leader of the Workers’ Party of Belgium. He has served as a member of the Chamber of Representatives since 2019, and as a Municipal Councillor in Antwerp since 2013. He is the author of They Have Forgotten Us: The Working Class, Care and the Looming Crisis (LeftWord 2021).

Vijay Prashad

Vijay Prashad is an Indian historian and journalist. Prashad is the author of forty books, including Washington Bullets, Red Star Over the Third World, The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World and The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South. He is Executive Director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, Chief Correspondent for Globetrotter, and editor at LeftWord Books. He has appeared in two films – Shadow World (2016) and Two Meetings (2017). Previously, he was the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and a professor of international studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, United States, from 1996 to 2017.