Happened on the new book by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work. Looks like it’ll be out in November.
from the blurb:
Despite the profound crisis of capitalism and the mass mobilizations of people around the world in response, there has been no successful contestation of neoliberalism’s hegemony. Inventing the Future is a major new manifesto that argues for a novel set of alternatives for the future—alternatives which seek to rekindle a popular modernity. Against the confused understanding of the high-tech and neoliberal 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, the authors envisage a post-capitalist economy is capable of advancing living standards, liberating humanity from work and developing technologies which free us from biological and environmental constraints.
“Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams’ project dares to propose a different way of thinking and acting. Given the fizzling of the Occupy moment, a radical rethinking of the anarchic approach is badly needed but just not happening. This book could do a lot of work in getting that rethink going.” Doug Henwood, author of Wall Street
“The Left has lost its grip on the future. In retreat from technological modernity, too many leftists have fled to the local, the organic and the spontaneous. Inventing the Future shows why these strategies are misguided, and offers a vision of how left-wing politics can be rebuilt for the 21st century.” Mark Fisher, author of Capitalist Realism: Is there no Alternative?
J.G. Ballard believed that our surveillance society of unfreedom would soon lead its citizens into the dangerous territory of personal and collective forms of psychopathology ‘in order to enlarge the scope of their lives and imaginations’.1
The future is no longer a fictional site for your dreams, instead in our time the future is nothing more than a DIY Toolkit for your psychopathological dreams: a crowdfunding enterprise for building experimental utopias among the ruins of global capital.
Nicole Sallak Anderson tells us that for any technologically advanced society to move forward and truly become a technically and socially sustainable, we must change the story of our lives from competition to collaboration. She also lists the aspects of such a successful transition will entail universal access to information; decentralization of food, healthcare, education, currency, and manufacturing; decoupling of work and personal definition; universal basic income; servant leadership; and a participatory and cosmopolitan democratariat.
Of course this, too, is a form of DIY Utopian thinking, a way to inveigle a form of libertarian propaganda of freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of private and individual happiness under the illusion of reigning in the global monopolies: the Oligarchs, Bankers, and major stock-holders who at the moment control the planet’s resources and territories on a global scale. She feeds into the libertarian hype of 3D entrepreneurs ousting the old monopolies with designer blue jeans and ultra fashions created in your own DIY home projects, alleviating and shutting down the sweatshops of the global GAP’s of the world.
Don’t let my sardonic and cynical wisdom keep you from your libertarian dreams, I’m only looking at the rear view mirror of history where such escapes and exits litter the global highways of a temporal disorder that few dare explore much less take off their brand new google eyeware to ponder. The only difference between the mega-socialist and mega-capitalist welfare systems of the past and the new liberation capital front of innovation and creativity is that this time it serves a small fringe cybertariat of techno-entrepreneurs whose average pay is feeding this new frenzy of activity. Instead of the old command and control structures of super-states and conglomerates of multinational systems of coercion we have the self-made ideology of the aquapreneur. Didn’t we see this in the 90’s with the venture capitalism of the netentrepeneur. Didn’t that kinda wipe out after just a few years when all those old meanies of the monopoly set stepped in and began to buy up those little self-made millionaires goodies and close down the freedom lovers of libertarian capitalism? Of course many of those Silicon babies joined the ranks of the old capitalist regimes as front runners for the techno-commercial empires we see around us now. Want these new aquapreneurs become the aqua-commercial empire capitalists of a future oceanic civilization?
Oh, how easily we forget…