Inventing the Future - Postcapitalism and a World Without Work

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Inventing the Future - Postcapitalism and a Work Without Work


This is a major new manifesto for the end of neoliberal capitalism. Anyone curious as to how we could possibly create a new, more inclusive, and in terms of intersectionality, equal future. Marxism was a reaction to the industrial revolution, the theories make philosophical sense but they are in practice outdated. If you are curious about how Marxism could look in contemporary society this book is for you.

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. We need change, and change needs to happen now.

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 postcapitalist economy capable of advancing standards, liberating humanity from work and developing technologies that expand our freedoms.

This new edition includes a new chapter where Srnicek and Williams respond to their various critics.

“In Inventing the Future, Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams take on the two key questions of the left, if I can characterise them broadly: why are we so bad at saying stuff, and do we have anything to say? Their diagnoses of the shortcomings of what they call ‘folk politics,’ are perceptive, clear, brutal, but respectful. Their prescription for the future can seem vertiginously sudden—you’ll need to either get on board with a basic citizen’s income, or form a better refutation than ‘it sounds expensive,’ and fast. But critically, they identify our urgent task: to own modernity.”
– Zoe Williams, Guardian

Binding: Paperback / Pocket
Pages: 272 pages
Publication Date: October 2016

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