A Guide to Our Future

Book - 2016
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"Over the past two centuries or so, capitalism has undergone profound changes--economic cycles that veer from boom to bust--from which it has always emerged transformed and strengthened. Surveying this turbulent history, Paul Mason's Postcapitalism argues that we are on the brink of a change so big and so profound that this time capitalism itself, the immensely complex system within which entire societies function, will mutate into something wholly new. At the heart of this change is information technology, a revolution that is driven by capitalism but, with its tendency to push the value of much of what we make toward zero, has the potential to destroy an economy based on markets, wages, and private ownership. Almost unnoticed, in the niches and hollows of the market system, swaths of economic life are beginning to move to a different rhythm. Vast numbers of people are changing how they behave and live, in ways contrary to the current system of state-backed corporate capitalism. And as the terrain changes, new paths open.In this bold and prophetic book, Mason shows how, from the ashes of the crisis, we have the chance to create a more socially just and sustainable economy. Although the dangers ahead are profound, he argues that there is cause for hope. 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 the future"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2016
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780374235543
Branch Call Number: ANF 330.122 MAS
Characteristics: xxi, 340 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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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.

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.

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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