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  • Title: Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work
  • Author: Nick Srnicek Alex Williams
  • ISBN: 9781784786229
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Paperback
  • A major new manifesto for a high tech future free from workNeoliberalism isn t working Austerity is forcing millions into poverty and many 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 tecA major new manifesto for a high tech future free from workNeoliberalism isn t working Austerity is forcing millions into poverty and many 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.
    Inventing the Future Postcapitalism and a World Without Work A major new manifesto for a high tech future free from workNeoliberalism isn t working Austerity is forcing millions into poverty and many into precarious work while the left remains trapped in stagn

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    1. 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 that the concept of surplus in the labour market provided a very simple and useful way to explain the dire need to move beyond the industrial work ethic, into a new kind of common sense In taking this bi [...]

    2. When did modernisation become a euphemism for life getting worse in the interests of the rich Why do Conservatives now advocate change, while the left is too often reduced to mere resistance or a desire to turn the clock back What happened to bold visions of a better future for everyone This is a brave and necessary book, which makes a powerful case for a serious rethink Disdaining the current trend for folk politics , though sympathetic to the urges behind it, they sensibly note that The realit [...]

    3. 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 at its potentials for organizing and establishing counter hegemonydemand automation demand free time the book s insistence to go beyond the old demands of labor to accommodate new realities is fine, but proposes [...]

    4. 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 in ecosystems of diverse movements than in monolithic parties.Not complete, perhaps sometimes naive but a good initial sketch of action for a new left.

    5. 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 outline of what we d need to consider in order to make one a marathon not a sprint, etc I found it very inspiring and I think it would resonate even with those who haven t read any other Verso books before G [...]

    6. i liked the critique of folk politicsi didnt like the critique of actually existing socialism which seems historically ignorantverdict pretty fly for a trot guy

    7. 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 need a post capitalism system in place in order to progress to the next mode of being human.Worth reading if you work in tech.

    8. While it s not perfect by any stretch, it gets 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 built by the neoliberals after the 50s is spot on It s an easy read suitable for a general audience, and the assumed familiarity with leftist tropes is kept to a minimum.

    9. 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 clearing I came to Inventing the Future with an uneven background In some ways, I m well prepared in one, I m not.Since 1980 or so I ve read widely and, occasionally, deeply in the left wing political trad [...]

    10. 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 counter hegemonic movement in order to challenge neoliberal capitalism essential reading for leftists.

    11. 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 from these authors.

    12. My heart felt thanks to the books authors for stretching to such enormous lengths of research and giving me enough reading material for the next few years I expect they felt that such in depth citations were required before being so refreshingly optimistic and utopian This is an engrossing dissection of modern politics offering a rarely readable academic clarity on Neoliberalism s rise post WWII and an incredibly illuminating view on the role of the Mont Pelerin Society MPS montpelerin statement [...]

    13. Es un libro revelador y desolador Si no cambiamos nuestro esquema de pensamiento, si no comenzamos a so ar valientemente que este mundo puede cambiar, ninguna postura pol tica har por nosotros el camino Tendremos, las mentes liberales y libertarias comenzar a desarrollar escenarios futuros para un mundo post capitalista con automatizaci n de labores deprimentes para cualquier humano, una jornada laboral que busque la eficiencia y la libertad de un trabajo digno, un ingreso universal y la posibil [...]

    14. In Inventing The Future SW Srnicek Williams show that the transition to a post capitalist society is less an issue of means than of imagination SW help imagine a post capitalist society, and develop a roadmap towards it This roadmap is based on a Left Accelerationist politics and a Laclauian formulation of hegemony SW s contribution should be seen as part of a larger debate on 21st Century politics, economics, and society Proposing the need to break from 20th century versions of Socialism, SW ri [...]

    15. A world without work is a nice thought but i doubt the Left as it is can rally to abolish capitalism and the culture of neoliberalism without shedding a lot blood But one can dream Reading this book helps in that dreaming department Hah.

    16. It s a nice idea for the left to rally around a hopeful vision of the future without work, but this book was too light on specific recommendations And despite the fact they decry impenetrable academic language, I suspect this too will be needlessly inaccessible for many readers.

    17. I really enjoyed Inventing the Future as it provided an insightful look at the potentials for the left to transform from a folk political structure into the hegemonic entity that would be necessary to overcome neoliberal practice which, up until recently, has dominated Western political discourse They argue that neoliberalism will not last forever, and the left must use its creative abilities to determine what will come next Given the rise of right wing populism culminating in the election of Do [...]

    18. Some good ideas and analysis on our current crises The language used a little too many assumed definitionS for my taste, caused me to put it down for a month.

    19. We need to think big The natural habitat of the left has always been the future, and this terrain must be reclaimed.Argues the Left needs to go beyond shortsighted folk politics and start thinking big again Instead of full employment, the Left needs to start thinking about automation and full unemployment The author s prescription A twenty first century left must seek to combat the centrality of work to contemporary life In the end, our choice is between glorifying work and the working class or [...]

    20. This is a superb book, precisely the sort of analysis that the left is lacking at the moment.Srnicek and Williams start with a critique of the modern left After the collapse of communism and the manifest failure of social democracy in the face of the neoliberal assault of the last 30 40 years Srnicek and Williams show how the left has retreated into defensive tactics that lack any sense of overarching strategy The term they use for this approach is folk politics , meaning a defensive withdrawal [...]

    21. My heart felt thanks to the books authors for stretching to such enormous lengths of research and giving me enough reading material for the next few years I expect they felt that such in depth citations were required before being so refreshingly optimistic and utopian This is an engrossing dissection of modern politics offering a rarely readable academic clarity on Neoliberalism s rise post WWII and an incredibly illuminating view on the role of the Mont Pelerin Society MPS montpelerin statement [...]

    22. This book essentially told me that most of my community organizing work is misguided And I think it s right Srnicek laments the tendency toward folk politics, a kind of localized, short term organizing that only advocates resistance to global capitalism Srnicek s solution of organizing for a post work future is inspiring, and the book presents a compelling case of how the present has the seeds for such a move.

    23. A post work proposal that must be read by anyone Reading Inventing the Future reminds me to have a dream Like how Nikolai Fedorov dreamed his proposal of Common Task a total reconstruction of social relations, economy and politics for a single goal of achieving immortality for humankind Inventing the Future aims to develop a total society where post work is plausible by deconstructing social relations, economy and politics of our neoliberal driven world Half of this book is an engaging critique [...]

    24. Inventing the Future is an energizing book, it 19s meant to be It 19s a call to arms, a call to bringing the revolution now, to investing positively in the future The first few chapters challenge the status quo, the state of the left, folk politics and neoliberalism, while the last ones argue for one big demand, namely universal basic income, which is deeply related to a post work future, deeply automated The critique of folk politics is made not to dismantle it, but to show that it is not enoug [...]

    25. A good call to action and futurist primer on what a society could look like with sufficient technological advancement and a democratic, egalitarian distribution of the fruits of this advancement The project of hegemony building is a big topic in this book and seems like such a gargantuan, almost futile undertaking that it is hard to not take it as some kind of wishful thinking Nevertheless it is inspiring and gives out outline to achieve such an outcome filled with undeniably essential steps and [...]

    26. Inventing the Future has many flaws An ultimately Eurocentric reading of horizontalist, contemporary political movements which lacked the nuance and study necessary for broadly rejecting this revolutionary praxis a too selective assessment of worker struggle history failure to engage the pressing topics of identity politics and ecological crisis, etc etc To really function as a guide for the Left which becomes a blurred, amorphous whole through their writing , a far substantial engagement with [...]

    27. Genuinely and thoroughly inspiring While the vision of a post work world triggers as much questions as it gives answers notwithstanding it already goes to significant lengths to outline an alternative future , the sheer brilliance in imagining and describing a pathway to a better society is a source of hope, enthusiasm and determination By dissecting the current culprits of neoliberal capitalist societies, how it came into being, how we are fighting this at the moment without much effect and the [...]

    28. I ve been thinking about the same lines for a while now, of course without the academic rigorousness of Messrs Srnicek and Williams.The ritualistic marches and strikes, the fetishism of the struggles, without a global context, a plan, a strategy to overcome the capitalist enemy defined as folk politics by the authors is a well spotted analysis of the first part of the book.The conclusion is somehow lacking, one could be forgiven for extrapolating the future in utopian manner, but that s the inte [...]

    29. preach dead on about folk politics, i am very receptive to the two big demands no work, ubi , i think they do a very good job at theorizing a quasi vanguard left made up of an ecology of organizations but tho i understand that it s outside of their purview to make concrete suggestions projections etc i.e base some analysis on successes failures of real world institutions, not just philosophical positions i do wish there was a little of that but i guess that s a book for somebody else to write [...]

    30. Plenty of things I don t agree with in this book, but it is sufficiently interesting, important and thought provoking to warrant five stars The description of neoliberalism and its history is excellent, and the critique of folk politics horizontalism is valuable The potential for a post work future and universal basic income certainly warrant serious thought and discussion, and there are some intriguing provocative ideas around how to build a successful progressive counter hegemony The books is [...]

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