Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future

By Paul Mason
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We know that our world is undergoing seismic change—but how can we emerge from the crisis a fairer, more equal society? 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.

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Summary

Summary

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for February 2016

We know that our world is undergoing seismic change—but how can we emerge from the crisis a fairer, more equal society?

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An original, engaging, and bracingly articulated vision of real alternatives. It is sure to spark many vigorous debates, and they are precisely the ones we should be having.” Naomi Klein, New York Times bestselling author
“Mason weaves together varied intellectual threads to produce a fascinating set of ideas…Deserves a wide readership among Right and Left alike…Politicians of all stripes should take note. And so should the people who vote for them. Financial Times (London)
“Deeply engaging…I can’t remember the last book I read that managed to carve its way through the forest of political and economic ideas with such brio.” Guardian (London)
“Absorbing and provocative.” Publishers Weekly
“Even readers not quite persuaded will appreciate Mason’s readable, reportorial style…A radical diagnosis and a bold prognostication bound to energize progressives.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Paul Mason

Paul Mason is the award-winning economics editor of Channel 4 News (London). He writes for the Guardian and the New Statesman, among others. His books include Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future; Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed, and Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Business & Economics
Runtime: 13.70
Audience: Adult
Language: English