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Neoliberalism isn’t working. Austerity is forcing millions into poverty and many more into precarious work, while the left remains trapped in stagnant political practices that offer no respite.
Inventing the Future is a bold new manifesto for life after capitalism. Against the confused understanding of our high-tech world by both the right and the left, this book claims that the emancipatory and future-oriented possibilities of our society can be reclaimed. Instead of running from a complex future, Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams demand a postcapitaiist economy capable of advancing standards, liberating humanity from work and developing technologies that expand our freedoms.
|Title||:||Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work|
|Number of Pages||:||256 pages|
May 30, 2016
The first half is a convincing and much-needed critique of left wing localism/horizontalism, holding up the left's inadequacy in contrast to the success of the neoliberal project.
I enjoyed the macroeconomic approach, looking at the bigger picture from pre-industrialism into the future, and found...
February 03, 2016
> sums up my own thoughts on what they call 'folk political' tendencies in the current popularity of anarchist and anarchist-like radical formations like The Invisible COmmitte and Tiqqun, the popularity of locally-produced goods, etc. However, it focused on its limitations while not looking a...
November 27, 2015
Universal Basic Income, full automation and the end of work presented as a leftist technological utopia. Interesting the critics of "folk" politics of occupy movements and the narrative of the actual neoliberalism supremacy. Clever approximation to the feasibility of power more in ecosystems of d...
August 23, 2017
So I'm someone with a technology background who recently got into leftist politics, and I feel like this book was written for me. It's a short book (less than 200 pages before endnotes) and so it's obviously not meant to be a comprehensive guide to how to get to a post-work world, but rather an o...
February 10, 2016
i liked the critique of folk politics
i didnt like the critique of actually existing socialism which seems historically ignorant
verdict: pretty fly for a trot guy
September 09, 2016
The gist is: rather than embracing 'folk politics' like crunchy Occupy make-no-demands bullshit, the left should be embracing a modern vision of the future: work should not be mandatory to survive and most human labor should be automated. Capitalism is absolutely not going to get us there so we n...
November 20, 2015
While it's not perfect by any stretch, it gets more than enough right to be an excellent primer on why we need a politics reconfigured around work. More importantly, it structures its demands to be mutually reinforcing. And their insistence upon developing an organizational ecology (akin to that...
October 18, 2017
Inventing the Future offers a vision for a new radical politics. It begins with a critique of current left-wing thought and practice, then launches into a call for new thinking that accounts for likely future developments, especially automation.
I should really begin this review with some throat-c...
April 16, 2016
this book contains both an extremely important critique of the left and the framework for a post-capitalist world. inventing the future argues that the left today must abandon the fetishization of folk politics and immediate, small scale results; must reclaim modernity and create a long-term coun...
December 31, 2017
Not entirely perfect, but brilliant and still worthy of 5 stars.
I particularly enjoyed the analysis of the left's failures over recent decades and the tendency to folk politics. Spot on.
Looking forward to reading more from these authors.