Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work

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Verso Books, Nov 17, 2015 - Political Science - 256 pages
A major new manifesto for the end of capitalism

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.

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 they respond to their various critics.
 

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I really enjoyed this book. The premise is that the neoliberal status quo fails on a number of levels and that the work of the left is to regain mantle of "common sense" - that we can can eliminate ... Read full review

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I ended up skipping some chapters related to the current dire straits of the political left, but the book's presentation of ideas for a better (progressive) future was interesting and well-written. A ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgements
Why Arent We Winning? A Critique of Todays Left
Why Are They Winning? The Making of Neoliberal Hegemony
Left Modernity
The Future Isnt Working
PostWork Imaginaries
A New Common Sense
Building Power
Conclusion
Reinventing the Future
Notes
Index

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About the author (2015)

Nick Srnicek is a lecturer at City University. He is the author of Platform Capitalism and the forthcoming After Work: What's Left and Who Cares? (with Helen Hester).

Alex Williams is a lecturer in the sociology department at City, University of London. He is the author of the forthcoming Hegemony Now (with Jeremy Gilbert).

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