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Paul Mason’s Postcapitalism: the new Marx or inherently faulty?
Two contrasting reviews of Paul Mason’s new book, Postcapitalism:
“As a spark to the imagination, with frequent x-ray flashes of insight into the way we live now, it is hard to beat. In that sense, Mason is a worthy successor to Marx.”
“Mason’s Postcapitalism fizzes with energy that spurs the reader on. But even so, the central premise of Mason’s argument – that capitalism is being or will be replaced – is inherently faulty.”
In 2012’s Petite Poucette, the French philosopher Michel Serres set out a vision of the future that is both optimistic and disturbing at the same time. The digital revolution means knowledge is being freed from power structures like schools, universities, governments and corporations. This changes everything, he says.
“We don’t want to switch capitalism off yet, but maybe we can replace it with something better.” Channel […]
Baudelaire’s despair at the bulldozing of la vieille Paris is an example of the ambiguous attitude of artists towards economic change. Destruction isn’t always creative.