I really wanted to dislike this book I m suspicious of Mason s shtik about s being in a new informationaltechnological stage of capitalism that can lead s to postcapitalism I find his fearmongering about Russia China distasteful he s a shallow reader he really does Hegel Nietzsche Althusser Angela Nagle disservices however I agree w some of his verdicts on new materialism object oriented ontology appreciated his account of neoliberalism s 80s rise in UK US France Spain Mexico found intriguing his different account of the altright s rise than in Nagle Robin or SandiferUPDATE Mason is the worst type of anarcho liberal His treachery against the Corbynite Labour Party who he labels Stalinists before after the 19 general election is astounding from a self professed leftist his absurd political calls for Labour to model itself after the US Dems his appeals to anti Russia China hysteria his libels against northern voters his scare mongering to have Corbynites accommodate Blairites Lib Dems are beyond stupid cast doubt on all of his writings This is a phenomenal book that anyone interested in where our society is going should go and how to resist the changes dehumanizing s should read More erudite opaue and philosophical than Post Capitalism and occasionally hard going but Mason s optimism and his proposed templates are a welcome buffer against the oppressive fatalism of a world gone mad I reject Mason s philosophy He also throws out some seriously suspect offhanded comments about history the first that com. A passionate defence of humanity and a work of radical optimism from the international bestselling author of Postcapitalism How do we preserve what makes How to Win an Argument... Even When You Lose us human in an age ofncertainty Are we now just consumers shaped by market forces A seuence of DNA A collection of base instincts Or will we soon be supplanted by algorithms and AI anywayIn Clear Bright Future Pa.
Es to mind saying that is his Rome fell because tribal invasions and slavery is bad economics Which is just it s not even wrong it s received wisdom a myth a politically motivated lie whatever you want to call it he s parroting not thinking there To give a general idea why I didn t like this book but you might whoever you areI hate Aristotlethe institution obviously I never met the actual person the name goes toYou can redefine Humanism if you want but what it was and is is racist as shit at best Liberalism is Fascisms that s plural father Justshut the hell p about Russia and don t even start on China He who lives in a glass house should not cast stones Liberal Democracy is not and has never been Democratic It s literally supposed to prevent that Rationality is both overrated and incoherent as an ideology America is a Fascist state it was before there was a word for it and it still is by literally any definition you care to name which isn t We can t be FascistsYou can call it an Apartheid or Corporatist state or a Neo Colonial Empire even just Crony Capitalism as if there s such a thing as Capitalism that ain t if that makes you feel better they re all the same thing White Supremacist colonial incarceral neual ndemocratic corporatist rapacious patriarchal genocidal hyper martial hateful of the working class and some mix of death suads and secret police I do agree with what feels like the most important sentence in the book tho paraphrasing liberally Artificial GeneralSuper Intelligence nder Capitalism. Ul Mason calls for a radical impassioned defence of the human being our Bijoux en origami universal rights and freedoms and our power to change the world arounds Ranging from economics to Big Data from neuroscience to the culture wars he draws from his on the ground reporting from mass protests in Istanbul to riots in Washington as well as his own childhood in an English mining com.
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Will be very very fucking bad 2 12 I wanted to give stars to this book After all I painfully share its rgency I worry for the same subjects it deals wi I really found this book rather muddled It certainly needed much better editing Although Mason talks about Marxism and class politics he really doesn t give any clear view on how change is to be achieved There are some interesting elements to the book and clearly Mason is well read but his prioritisation of issues is bizarre and reflective of the priorities of the mainstream media Having said that his low priority for climate change would not reflect the priorities of The Guardian Meandering but brilliant Paul Mason delivers some extremely cogent critiues of neoliberalism and how our current system is failing to both fight back against neofascism or provide a meaningful defense of liberal humanism that tries to provide a fulfilling life for every person on earth I disagree with some of his criticisms of Marx but that s beside the point as Mason is clearly writing within the spirit that Marx intended This is a necessary book for our time Breathtakingly visionary Mason s journalist background provides valuable personal insights and his grasp of economics is impressive Provides a refreshingly articulat A very in depth analysis of class economics humanism and Marxism Great read 65th book for 2019Marxism like economics has the nfortunate effect of freezing my brain I read but I don t nderstand Sadly I think I am just not suited for Mason s books2 stars. Munity to show how the notion of humanity has become eroded as never beforeIn this book Paul Mason argues that we are still capable through language innovation and co operation of shaping our future He offers a vision of humans as than puppets customers or cogs in a machine This work of radical optimism asks Do you want to be controlled Or do you want something bett.
Note Paul^^MasonPaul Mason is an English journalist and broadcaster He is economics editor of the BBC's Newsnight television programme and the author of several books