PostCapitalism

PostCapitalism

A Guide to Our Future

Book - 2015
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Over the past two centuries or so, capitalism has undergone continual change - economic cycles that lurch from boom to bust - and has always emerged transformed and strengthened. Surveying this turbulent history, Paul Mason wonders whether today we are on the brink of a change so big, so profound, that this time capitalism itself, the immensely complex system by which entire societies function, has reached its limits and is changing into something wholly new. At the heart of this change is information technology- a revolution that, as Mason shows, has the potential to reshape utterly our familiar notions of work, production and value, and to destroy an economy based on markets and private ownership - in fact, he contends, it is already doing so. Almost unnoticed, in the niches and hollows of the market system, whole swathes of economic life are changing. Goods and services that no longer respond to the dictates of neoliberalism are appearing, from parallel currencies and time banks, to cooperatives and self-managed online spaces. Vast numbers of people are changing their behaviour, discovering new forms of ownership, lending and doing business that are distinct from, and contrary to, the current system of state-backed corporate capitalism. In this groundbreaking book Mason shows how, from the ashes of the recent financial crisis, we have the chance to create a more socially just and sustainable global economy. Moving beyond capitalism, he shows, is no longer a utopian dream. This is the first time in human history in which, equipped with an understanding of what is happening around us, we can predict and shape, rather than simply react to, seismic change. 'An original, engaging, and bracingly articulated vision of real alternatives, it is sure to spark many vigorous debates, and they are precisely the ones we should be having.' Naomi Klein
Publisher: [London] :, Allen Lane,, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781846147388
1846147387
Branch Call Number: 303.4 Mas
Characteristics: xxi, 339 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Post capitalism

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pm221
Nov 03, 2018

Written by that rarest of animals, a non- ideological Marxist, this is a serious attempt to predict how the various current crises ( global warming, excessively indebted societies, financialisation etc) can be overcome. Much food for thought whether you share the author’s political leanings or not. The problems are bigger than politics.

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aaronwriterguy
Apr 22, 2018

This book may not be the a beach read, but the ideas it presents and argues for are priceless. Changes are coming, for our economy and our society, and Paul Mason goes into considerable detail explaining how our current way of doing things isn't going to remain possible for that much longer. We will need to face the future and work hard to get the future that we want to live in.

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janieflames
Dec 19, 2016

I found this book challenging to read. If I had a background in economics, maybe it would have been easier. If I had to describe the writing style, I'd say 'informal academic'. At the same time, in the first 40 or 50 pages that I did finish, I learned some very interesting things about capitalism over the decades and trends in banking and lending. The book made me consider my own worldview and day to day financial decisions differently.

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