Robert Brenner is Visiting Professor in the Department of Economics at the New School University and author of many books and papers on the early development of capitalism and the current economic crisis. The Brenner Debate on the origins of capitalism to this day remains seminal on this topic. More recently his work –The Boom and the Bubble: the US in the World Economy (London, Verso, 2002) and Economics of Global Turbulence (London, Verso, 2006)–has focused on the fundamental contradictions of contemporary capitalism. His most recent book is The Political Economy of the Rank and File Rebellion in Rebel Rank and File: Labor Militancy and Revolt from Below during the Long 1970s eds. A. Brenner et. al. (London, Verso, 2010)