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Is There Life After Capitalism? - Los Angeles Review of Books
"Despite the vividness of this picture, however, all Mason has to offer as a counterweight is the sheer creativity of young people who “will no longer accept” such futures. He describes the social forces that will drive this youthful, non-class-based rebellion as a “granular, spontaneous micro-process, not a plan.” Postcapitalism is an extraordinary achievement of storytelling, fine-grained and schematic with equal success, critical of early 20th-century Marxism while insisting on the contemporary urgency of Marx’s thought, persuasive in its passion and its intellectual clarity alike. But it founders around the question of the power of education and technology to lead us past the horrors of 20th-century capitalism. On the one hand, Mason knows all too well that post-capitalist stories appeal to a mass readership because they erase or downplay the terrible struggles that have given us the technologies we prize. On the other hand, the concrete suggestions he makes in the book’s final chapter — a universal basic income, nationalizing banks, regulating finance — all leave untouched the problem that what counts as “money” under capital is produced by exploitation. The histories of social struggle Mason is so good at narrating disappear in these bland policy recommendations."
postCapitalism  post-capitalism  capitalism  adaptation  informationTechnology  automation  work  labour  value  crisis  class  Kondratiev  generalIntellect  networks  violence  conflict  energy  infrastructure  MasonPaul  economics  politics 
july 2016 by petej
The New World in Our Hearts – A Critical Engagement With Paul Mason’s PostCapitalism (Communism versus the Commanding Heights Part 2) | Self Certified
"But there is a shortcoming in Paul Mason’s analysis; The capitalist class will not just stand by and allow us to break it’s monopoly on intellectual property anymore than it will stand idly by as we reclaim buildings and public space. The new mode of production may grow within the old but it always requires force of some kind to cement it’s ascendency. The capitalist class thrived for a time under monarchies and coexisted with feudalism, but eventually it required revolutionary action when the old order of things held back it’s development. The wealthiest one percent and their subjects are engaging us in class war and if we don’t fight back, they will fence off our commons and make us pay to use it. The downfall of Napster, the constant attempts to shut down free television streaming sites and the rise of bill pay music and TV streaming services are illustrative."
economics  capitalism  recession  informationTechnology  crisis  Kondratiev  neoliberalism  financialisation  environment  climateChange  MasonPaul  post-capitalism  postCapitalism  state  Marx  Trotsky  LuxemburgRosa  class  communism 
march 2016 by petej
Paul Mason’s postcapitalism | Shores of Anarres
"This is where an anarchist analysis of the state, based on first hand experience and roughly 200 years of libertarian thought and struggles, together with a Marxian analysis of the role of the state in the rise of capitalism sounds an alarm bell the size of a Google server hall. Mason goes on to tell us that “It will need the state to create the framework – just as it created the framework for factory labor, sound currencies and free trade in the early 19th century” and that we need “to use governmental power in a radical and disruptive way; and to direct all actions towards the transition – not the defense of random elements of the old system”. There is however no mention how we are supposed to seize the state for these purposes, why we should expect it to already be on our side, or how we stop short of abusing that new power in the way power interests always have tended to abuse it – to protect themselves, the new elite, from enemies real and imaginary, known by a hundred different names."
technology  work  labour  Marx  Kropotkin  Keynes  capitalism  postCapitalism  post-capitalism  MasonPaul  utopianism  TheLeft  anarchism  state  abundance  scarcity  informationTechnology  food  housing  pharmaceuticals  power  control  politics  economics 
november 2015 by petej
INTERNET: Silicon Valley contra la socialdemocracia | Tecnología | EL PAÍS
Además, Silicon Valley está organizando un asalto contra la filosofía en la que se basa la socialdemocracia, la noción de que los Gobiernos y los ayuntamientos pueden fijar normas y leyes que regulen el mercado. Silicon Valley opina que no: el único límite a los excesos del mercado debe ser el propio mercado. Son los propios consumidores los que deben castigar —poniendo malas notas, por ejemplo— a los malos conductores o a los anfitriones poco fiables; los Gobiernos no deben entrometerse.

¿Todo esto es poscapitalismo? Tal vez, pero sólo si estamos dispuestos a reconocer que el capitalismo, al menos durante el último siglo, se ha estabilizado gracias al compromiso socialdemócrata, que ahora está quedándose obsoleto. Cuando el poscapitalismo nace del debilitamiento de las protecciones sociales y las regulaciones de la industria, entonces definamos con propiedad: si Silicon Valley representa un cambio de modelo, es más bien al de precapitalismo.
post-capitalism  postCapitalism  informationTechnology  SiliconValley  Uber  socialDemocracy  regulation  deregulation  MasonPaul  economics  politics 
october 2015 by petej
Cyber-Proletariat: an Interview with Nick Dyer-Witheford
"The evident example is the huge possibilities for freeing up time by automation of certain types of work. For me, the problem both with Paul’s work, which I respect, and with the accelerationists, is there is a failure to acknowledge that the passage from the potential to the actualization of such communist possibilities involves crossing what William Morris describes as a “river of fire.” I don’t find in their work a great deal about that river of fire. I think it would be reasonable to assume there would be a period of massive and protracted social crisis that would attend the emergence of these new forms. And as we know from historical attempts in the 20th Century to cross that river of fire, a lot depends on what happens during that passage. So there is, if one could put it that way, a certain automatism about the prediction of the realization of a new order in both these schools, which we should be very careful about."
Marxism  informationTechnology  postFordism  post-industrialism  work  labour  autonomism  communism  communization  anti-capitalism  PlanC  MasonPaul  accelerationism  interview  dctagged  dc:contributor=Dyer-WithefordNick  classComposition  optimism 
october 2015 by petej
Postcapitalism | Review by Frederick H Pitts -
"As Virno suggests (1996), flexibility and free time has locked workers ever closer into the rhythms of value, in and out of work. Rather than undermining capitalist valorisation, ICTs and social media create new methods of capture. The same knowledge and freedom eulogised in the Fragment is recouped by the existing system. The blurring of work and leisure that Mason celebrates (287) is not the signal of a new settlement. It is the stabilisation of an old one. Open source is just the exploitation and valorisation of free time facilitated by the wage. The latter is paid out, as Mason notes (209), for the workers sheer existence rather than their nine-to-five. But, as with so much of what Mason calls new or novel, it was ever thus: the wage has always been a payment merely to exist. Wages do not relate to actual working time. They relate to capitalist control over time. They relate to the necessity of the worker being always ready for work in a moral and physical sense. This has no temporal specificity."
post-capitalism  postCapitalism  MasonPaul  economics  politics  Grundrisse  Marx  informationTechnology  work  labour  value  technology  fragmentOnMachines  Negri  HeinrichMichael  VirnoPaolo  utopianism 
september 2015 by petej
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