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  • Inventing the Future
  • Nick Srnicek
  • English
  • 23 April 2019
  • 9781784780968

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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 resp. 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 Tiun 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 nothing on how these demands can possibly be fought for in actual political strugglerefuses to call 'socialism' and uses 'post work society' instead reeks to much of anarchist 'against work' shibboleth and overestimates the role of machines in the production of goodsrefuses to call capitalism capitalism calls neoliberalism as the dominant systemvery vague too many prescriptions we must do this do that some of which are spot on while many are obviously just rationalizations of academic disappointments with the 'left'

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Ite 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. 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 Going to try to get all my tech friends to read it

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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. This is a superb book precisely the sort of analysis that the left is lacking at the momentSrnicek and Williams start with a critiue 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 into resistance characterised by 'horizontalism' and 'localism' Small scale local protest is valued over large scale challenge to the overall system Organisation is horizontal exemplified by the Occupy movement based on direct democracy and consensus decision making The emphasis is on defending gains made over the last century from the drive of neoliberalism rather than seeking new gains Meanwhile the defeat of social democracy has been built on a long term neoliberal project pursued over decades by the opponents of the then dominant Keynsian consensus In contrast to the modern left this project used multiple channels think tanks academic work journalism and to establish an alternative set of policy solutions which when systemic crisis arrived in the 1970s was able to establish itself as the only possible response there is no alternativeSrnicek and Williams use the language of Gramsci to define this as establishing neoliberal hegemony and use the remainder of the book to think through what an attempt to build a new left progressive movement to counter this hegemony might look likeThey stress that a modern left project should be built around three key pillars Reclaiming the commitment to progress as such; a commitment to a universal programme of change; and a belief in and commitment to 'synthetic' freedom specifically that this is only 'true' freedom if it comes with the capability to realise it In short the left needs to be less tactical and defensive and instead become strategic and lead the drive into the futureThey move on to establish the direction of travel for modern Capitalism which is increasingly towards reducing the amount of work reuired and increasing the surplus population leading to the misery of not being exploited In particular they stress the influence that automation is predicted to have in the coming decadesThis leads into a number of key demands which could be used to shape this new left project Prominent here is the for a basic income coupled with maximising automation as a means of reducing the reuirement to work rather than to increase capitalist profits This will create the opportunity for revolutionary change The left should reclaim a transformational view of the future to which people can aspireTo achieve this Srnicek and Williams believe the left needs to create a much broader 'counter hegemonic' movement learning from the approach of the neoliberals over the last 70 years The initial goal of this project should be to expand the Overton Window the breadth of what it is possible to discuss as part of 'normal' political discourse While protest movements such as Occupy will form part of this the movement should they believe be eclectic with a range of elements within the overall drive for change Again the emphasis is on a Gramscian approach to building hegemony as a key reuirement to any realistic move into powerIf there is a weaker part to the book it is this section on organisation where it does not feel that what the authors are laying out is a convincing way forward for the left However as a critiue of the shortsighted and defensive nature of the modern left it is insightful and as a manifesto for the future rejuvenation of the left built around the opportunities to move beyond capitalism that are beginning to present themselves this book is inspiring


About the Author: Nick Srnicek

Nick Srnicek is an American writer and academic He is currently a lecturer in Digital Economy at King's College London Born in 1982 Srnicek took a double major in Psychology and Philosophy before completing an MA at the University of Western Ontario in 2007 He proceeded to a PhD at the London School of Economics completing his thesis in 2013 on Representing complexity the material construct